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Da'Quan Bowers wins Nagurski Trophy

Updated: December 6, 2010, 10:03 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Amid his year of tragedy, Clemson defensive end Da'Quan Bowers slimmed down, got serious about football and had a breakout season.

Bowers was honored for his dominance Monday night with the Bronko Nagurski Trophy as the nation's top defensive player, an award he wishes he could share with his father and his mentor.

Playing with a heavy heart following the deaths this year of his father, Dennis, and close friend Gaines Adams of the Chicago Bears, Bowers burst ...

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