Alabama's Minkah Fitzpatrick earns well-deserved honor after astounding performance vs. Texas A&M
Alabama star defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick has been named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, according to a release from the Football Writers Association of America.
“Minkah Fitzpatrick lived up to his billing as one of the nation’s most versatile defenders in top-ranked Alabama’s 27-19 win at Texas A&M,” the Tuesday release stated. “Lining up at four defensive positions in the secondary and linebacker, plus playing on special teams, Fitzpatrick totaled five tackles, two for loss, and grabbed a key interception with his back to the end zone and forced a fumble.”
That’s a pretty solid performance. Fitzpatrick played safety, nickel and corner against the Aggies. Talk about versatile.
On the season, Fitzpatrick is tied for third on the team in total tackles with 28 — with 17 of those being solo stops. He leads the Crimson Tide in tackles for loss with 4.5 and has four pass breakups, which is tops for the team, as the release points out.
Over the weekend, NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah compared Fitzpatrick to Arizona Cardinals safety Tyrann Mathieu.
Fitzpatrick happened to be on the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list in the preseason, as well.