Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick named nation’s top defensive back and defensive player

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AL.com) - Minkah Fitzpatrick came up a little short in the first national defensive player of the year award handed out Monday.

By Thursday, he was up for another -- the Chuck Bednarik Award -- at the College Football Awards Show in Atlanta.

This time, he got the trophy.

Fitzpatrick beat Georgia's Roquan Smith and NC State's Bradley Chubb for the honor.

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