Virginia Tech's Corey Moore Named 1999 Mike Fox/Bronko Nagurski Trophy Winner
Trophy recognizes the National Defensive Player of the Year.
December 6, 1999

Charlotte, N.C. - Virginia Tech defensive end Corey Moore has been selected the 1999 Mike Fox/Bronko Nagurski Trophy recipient by the Charlotte Touchdown Club and the Football Writers Association of America. The trophy recognizes the National Defensive Pl ayer of the Year, regardless of position, and was awarded at a gala banquet Monday night at the Charlotte Adam's Mark Hotel.

Moore, a 6-0, 215-pound senior from Brownsville, Tenn. (Haywood High School), helped the Hokies to perfect regular season record, 11-0, and the BIG EAST Conference Championship. In addition, Moore's heroics helped second-ranked Virginia Tech to the 2000 S ugar Bowl, this year's national championship game, against top-ranked Florida State.

Moore, who was named the 1998 and 1999 BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year, became the first BIG EAST player to win back-to-back defensive accolades. He set a league record with 17 sacks, recording 146 yards in losses. It was the second straight year he led the league in sacks, as he has totaled 31 over the last two seasons. Moore was the leader of a Hokies defense that ranked first in the BIG EAST and in the top 10 nationally in every defensive category. He was sixth on the team in tackles with 59, inc luding 44 solo, 12 for a loss of 44 yards. He is the first unanimous BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year selection and was a unanimous All-BIG EAST First Team choice.

This year's Mike Fox/Bronko Nagurski finalists included Penn State outside linebacker LaVar Arrington, Penn State defensive end Courtney Brown, Minnesota strong safety Tyrone Carter and Florida State nose guard Corey Simon.

The past winners of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy are Rob Waldrop (Arizona, 1993), Warren Sapp (Miami, Fla., 1994), Pat Fitzgerald (Northwestern, 1995 & 1996), Charles Woodson (Michigan, 1997), and Champ Bailey (Georgia, 1998).