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Johnson forced eight fumbles this season

Updated: December 7, 2004, 1:43 AM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Texas linebacker Derrick Johnson won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Monday night as the best defensive player in college football.

Johnson tied an NCAA record by forcing eight fumbles this season, leading the Longhorns (No. 5 ESPN/USA Today; No. 6 AP) to a 10-1 record and their first trip to the Rose Bowl. The Big 12 defensive player of the year had 128 tackles, 19 for loss, and an interception.

"He's a special guy, real special," Texas defensive coordinator ...

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