University of Arizona senior safety Jared Tevis is a member of the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s best defensive player, it was announced by the Charlotte Touchdown Club on Thursday. The Pac-12 Conference leads all leagues with 18 players on the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
A former walk-on from Canyon Del Oro High School turned scholarship starter, Tevis returns for his senior season with his undergraduate degree in hand and 177 career tackles, three interceptions, seven forced fumbles and eight passes broken up to his credit. He’s now enrolled in Arizona’s esteemed Eller College of Management’s MBA program and is a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree.
Tevis started and played 11 games at the bandit position in Arizona’s 3-3-5 defense in 2013 and earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention honors. He was No. 3 on the squad in total tackles with 83, including four for a loss of 11 yards and a sack. He had one interception in Arizona’s AdvoCare V100 Bowl victory over Boston College and also forced three fumbles during the season.
As a sophomore, Tevis started and played in 11 games in 2012 in his first season as a scholarship player and earned All-Pac-12 Honorable Mention accolades. He was No. 3 on the team in total tackles with 82, 51 solo and 31 assisted. He also collected two interceptions for 32 return yards, six passes broken up and four forced fumbles. He logged a career-high 12 tackles vs. Toledo and at Oregon. Both of his interceptions came in the 59-38 win over No. 18 Oklahoma State.
As a redshirt freshman walk-on in 2011, Tevis played in 12 games as a member of the secondary and on special teams. He totaled 12 tackles, including 11 solo stops.
The Football Writers’ Association of America (FWAA) will choose a Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week each Tuesday throughout the season. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the 2014 Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 20.
Tickets for the 2014 football season are on sale and start at $99 for seven home games. Tickets can be purchased at ArizonaWildcats.com/footballtickets or by contacting the McKale Center Ticket Office (520-621-CATS).