Charlotte, N.C.----- San Jose State University football defensive back Andre Chachere is one of 103 players nationally and one of five from the Mountain West named to the 2017 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.
The award honors the best defensive player in the country and is named after the former University of Minnesota and Chicago Bears star player who is enshrined in the College Football and Pro Football Halls of Fame. Members of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) vote for the annual award.
In 2016, Chachere was a first-team All-Mountain West cornerback. He led the Spartans with four interceptions and finished first in the conference and fourth nationally with his 18 total passes defended (1.5/game -- four interceptions + 14 pass break-ups) in 12 games. He became the first Spartan in four years with more than 100 yards in interception returns with 117 -- 11th best nationally. Three times last season, the senior from Fresno, Calif., was credited with three pass break-ups in a game -- Utah, Iowa State and Fresno State.
Chachere shared the team lead with two forced fumbles and was in on 36 tackles. He was named San Jose State's Most Valuable Player at the team's annual post-season awards event.
Each week, the FWAA will announce a National Defensive Player of the Week. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will name five finalists for this year's Bronco Nagurski Trophy on November 16. The winner will be presented on December 4 in Charlotte, N.C.
Chachere is the latest San Jose State player named to a preseason football watch list. Recently, placekicker Bryce Crawford, Lou Groza Collegiate Placekicker Award, and center Keoni Taylor, Rimington Trophy, were named to national watch lists.
Season tickets for the 2017 San Jose State University football season are available by calling (408) 924-SJTX or by visiting www.sjsuspartans.com/tickets.