Pile Named Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player Of Week
Free safety unanimously named player of week
October 24, 2000

DALLAS - Virginia Tech free safety Willie Pile was unanimously named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week on Monday by the Football Writers Association of America.

Pile tied a BIG EAST Conference record with three interceptions in the Hokies' 22-14 victory at Syracuse. The sophomore set up two scores with interceptions, including an 11-yard return that led to the first Virginia Tech touchdown. Pile was also credited with 10 tackles, including eight unassisted. He leads the team with five interceptions this season.

The Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week is selected by a panel of writers from the FWAA. The FWAA also names the best defensive player in college football at the end of the season. The recipient receives the Bronko Nagurski Trophy at a banquet which is hosted by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on Dec. 4 in Charlotte, N.C.