11/27/18- Juanyeh Thomas, Fr, Georgia Tech, 6-2, 200 NOV 26 ACC SPECIALIST OF THE WEEK: Juanyeh Thomas, Georgia Tech, Fr., KR; Niceville, Fla.,...Thomas set or matched five school records with his 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the first quarter against No. 5 Georgia ... He tied three previous Yellow Jackets for the longest in school history ... He became the third player in school history with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single season and the first Georgia Tech freshman with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single game ... Thomas became the first player in school history to return kickoffs for touchdowns in consecutive games (he returned a free kick – statistically considered a kickoff – 77 yards for a score on Nov. 24 versus Virginia). - ACC Football
11/27/18- Arquon Bush, Fr, Cincinnati, 6-0, 180 NOV 26 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Arquon Bush, Cincinnati, Fr., CB, Euclid, Ohio,...Bush led a Cincinnati defense that limited ECU to six points, 303 total yards and five turnovers in a 56-6 win. Bush had a hand in three of the five takeaways as he had a fumble recovery and two interceptions, including a 36-yard pick-six in the fourth quarter. - American Athletic Conference Football
11/22/18- Jimmy Moreland, rSr, James Madison, 5-10, 175 2018 COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jimmy Moreland, James Madison,...Moreland had a record-setting season for a JMU defense that ranks in the top 10 nationally. The senior cornerback tied for the CAA lead and was eighth in FCS with five interceptions. He set a CAA record by returning three interceptions for touchdowns and his 217 interception return yards broke the Dukes' single-season mark. Along with the interception numbers, Moreland contributed 40 tackles, 3.5 TFL, a team-high nine pass breakups, a fumble recovery and a blocked punt. He owns JMU's career interceptions record with 18 and his six career interceptions for TD's is a CAA record. A finalist for the STATS Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in FCS, Moreland is JMU's second straight Defensive Player of the Year honoree. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/22/18- Christian Benford, Fr, Villanova, 6-0, 190 2018 COLONIAL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Christian Benford, Villanova,...Benford tied for the CAA lead with five interceptions in nine contests and ranked sixth in FCS in interceptions per game (0.6). The freshman cornerback picked off three passes in a win at Richmond, becoming the first Villanova player to do that since 2011. He also contributed 49 tackles, 2.0 TFL and six pass breakups, which tied for the team lead. Benford is a finalist for the STATS Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the top freshman player in FCS. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
11/20/18- Stanford Samuels III, So, Florida State, 6-1, 183 NOV 19 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Stanford Samuels III, Florida State, So., CB; Pembroke Pines, Fla.,...Samuels recorded a career-high nine tackles and his team-high fourth interception of the season in FSU's 22-21 win over No. 20 Boston College ... Samuels' four interceptions are the second-most for a Seminole in the past 10 seasons, trailing only Tarvarus McFadden's eight in 2016 ... Samuels has registered an interception in each of the Seminoles last two games. - ACC Football
11/19/18- Ryan Pulley, rJr, Arkansas, 5-11, 196 DB Ryan Pulley will not play in the season-ending game against Missouri. He and Kamren Curl have been suspended. "They will not be here today or yesterday or any part of this week for unacceptable behavior, actions that are completely unacceptable to anything we're about," Morris said. Morris did not specify the violations that warranted the suspensions, but the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Pulley and Curl were seen talking to and having their pictures taken with members of the Mississippi State cheer squad before Saturday's game. Former Arkansas All-American tight end DJ Williams, who is now a TV reporter, was the person who witnessed the interaction, according to the report.
11/19/18- Lawrence Woods, So, Truman State, 5-09, 171 2018 GLVC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Lawrence Woods, So., KR/PR, Truman State,...Woods was electric in the return game this year as he became the first Bulldog and GLVC standout to return three kickoffs for a touchdown in a season. His third score came in a 45-38 win at McKendree, where he accumulated 223 return yards that ranked second all-time in school history and just three yards shy of the GLVC single-game record of 226, set by Spencer Elrod of Missouri S&T in 2014. A first-team All-GLVC return specialist and defensive-utility standout this year, Woods led the league with a 50.8 kick-return average, having racked up 609 yards on 12 returns. The St. Louis, Missouri native and two-time GLVC Special Team Player of the Week honoree becomes the second Truman standout to earn a major GLVC award as quarterback Jaden Barr was named Freshman of the Year in 2016. - Great Lakes Valley Conference Football
11/14/18- Jamal Hampton, Fr, Chowan, 5-11, 180 2018 CIAA ALL-ROOKIE TEAM: Jamal Hampton, Chowan,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. Connor O'Brien and Jamal Hampton earned Defensive All-Rookie nods for their play as defensive backs. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football
11/12/18- Jericho Flowers, Jr, UNLV, 5-10, 175 NOV 12 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JERICHO FLOWERS, UNLV,...Junior, Cornerback, Los Angeles, California/Hamilton HS,...Helped lead UNLV to an upset victory over San Diego State (27-24), recording 10 tackles, one interception and one pass breakup...All 10 tackles were solo...With UNLV clinging to a three-point lead and under two minutes remaining, SDSU faced a second-and-10 at its own 49-yard line...Needing just a field goal to tie, the Aztecs went to the air, but the pass was intercepted by Flowers at the Rebels 34-yard line, preserving the upset victory...Led a defensive unit that held SDSU to only 89 rushing yards, about 85 yards under the Aztecs season average. - Mountain West Football
11/12/18- Davante Davis, Sr, Texas, 6-1, 205 NOV 12 BIG 12 CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Davante Davis, DB, Sr., Texas,...Davis stymied a pair of Texas Tech drives in the red zone with an interception at the goal line and a forced fumble and fumble recovery to prevent a Red Raider score. Davis totaled five tackles and two TFLs in the win. - Big 12 football
11/12/18- Jaleel Scroggins, So, Shaw, 5-09, 180 2018 ALL-CIAA HONORABLE MENTION: Defensive Back - Jaleel Scroggins, Shaw,...The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA), with its Football Coaches Association and Sports Information Directors Association, released the 2018 All-CIAA First, Second, and Honorable Mention Football Teams as well as All-Rookie Team on Friday (11/9) afternoon. 15 Bulldogs Earned 2018 All-Conference Honors. Scroggins was the team's fourth-leading tackler this year with 53 total (38 solo) and an average of 5.3 tackles per outing – which ranked 16th in the league, eight tackle for losses, two pass breakups and one interception. - Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Football
11/07/18- Duke Shelley, Sr, Kansas State, 5-09, 180 Kansas State cornerback Duke Shelley was arrested this week for failure to appear and released after paying a $500 bond, though his status for this weekend's game against Kansas remains in question. A school spokesman said any punishment will be handled internally. The Wildcats' best cornerback, Shelley had a warrant issued by Manhattan Municipal Court after he was cited for driving without proof of insurance and having expired tags. He was arrested Tuesday. The senior from Georgia has 33 tackles and three interceptions this season, even though he has missed the past two games with a leg injury. Wildcats coach Bill Snyder expected him to return at some point this season, possibly in time for the Sunflower Showdown against the Jayhawks. - AP College Football
11/05/18- Tre Brown, So, Oklahoma, 5-10, 182 CB Tre Brown has been in the starting lineup ever since Ruffin McNeill took over as defensive coordinator three games ago and has solidified himself as the Sooners' top cornerback. Last week against Texas Tech, the Red Raiders rarely challenged Brown but when they did, the sophomore came up with a few critical plays.
11/05/18- Bryce Thompson, Fr, Tennessee, 5-11, 180 CB Bryce Thompson snared his team-leading third interception, picking off pass from Charlotte quarterback Evan Shirreffs. The freshman also earned his first career sack, giving him his second tackle for loss in as many games and fourth on the year.
11/05/18- Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Jr, Florida, 6-0, 208 DB Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was active on defense against Missouri with seven tackles, including two for loss and one sack. Gardner-Johnson has been one of UF's top defensive performers this season with 60 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks and one interception.
11/05/18- Jalen McKie, rFr, Northern Illinois, 5-07, 169 NOV 5 MAC WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Northern Illinois DB Jalen McKie,...Northern Illinois redshirt freshman Jalen McKie (Gurnee, Ill.) made three huge plays in the Huskies' 36-26 win at Akron, including a pair of fourth-quarter interceptions, the first of which he returned for 23 yards for a touchdown to extend NIU's lead to 10 points with 9:05 to play. It was the first interceptions, and first touchdown, of his career, as well as the first defensive touchdown of the year for the Huskies. His second interception came on Akron's last possession of the game and enabled the Huskies to run out the clock. He added three solo tackles and broke up a pass in the end zone on third and goal to hold Akron to a field goal in the third quarter. Those plays on defense do not take into account McKie's biggest play of the game when he caught Ben LeRoy's blocked PAT in the air and ran it back 80 yards for two points, turning a potential tie game into a three-point Huskie lead late in the third quarter. - MAC Football
11/05/18- Brandon Sebastian, rFr, Boston College, 6-0, 185 NOV 5 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Brandon Sebastian, Boston College, R-Fr., DB, West Haven, Conn.,..With the Eagles' ACC road game at Virginia Tech tied 14-14 late in the third quarter, Sebastian made the defensive play of the game with his first career interception to give the Eagles the ball at the Virginia Tech 19-yard line ... Boston College scored one play later to take the lead for good en route to a 31-21 win ... Sebastian added a career-best 10 tackles. - ACC Football
10/29/18- Dakari Monroe, Sr, San Jose State, 5-11, 191 OCT 29 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: DAKARI MONROE, SAN JOSÉ STATE, Senior, Cornerback, San Jose, California/Archbishop Mitty HS...Helped lead San José State to a 50-37 victory over UNLV on Saturday, snapping a seven-game losing streak...Recorded six tackles, two interceptions, one of which was returned 50 yards for a touchdown, and two pass break ups...Tied a single-game career high with two interceptions. Monroe's first pick set up a Spartan field goal, while his second interception was returned 50 yards for a touchdown and increased their lead to 47-28...Is the first SJSU defender to win MW Defensive Player of the Week honor since Frank Ginda on Nov. 28, 2016. - Mountain West Football
10/29/18- Kindle Vildor, Jr, Georgia Southern, 5-11, 180 OCT 29 SUN BELT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kindle Vildor, Georgia Southern (Jr., CB, College Park, Ga.)...Junior corner Kindle Vildor played a big part in Georgia Southern's defense shutting down the high-powered Appalachian State offense. Vildor picked off two passes in the fourth quarter of the 34-14 win, returning them a combined 21 yards, to run his season total to four for the season. He also had two tackles, including half a tackle for loss, and a pass break up. He now has 10 passes defended on the season, among the best in the league, and has seven career interceptions. - Sun Belt Football
10/23/18- Nassir Adderley, Sr, Delaware, 5-11, 200 OCT CAA FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nasir Adderley, Sr., KR/S, Delaware (Philadelphia, Pa./Great Valley)...Adderley became the first Delaware player to return a kickoff for a touchdown since 2013 in the Blue Hens' 38-14 triumph at New Hampshire. The senior capped UD's scoring with a 92-yard return early in the fourth quarter. It was the first kickoff return of the season for Adderley, who also contributed five tackles from his safety position. - CAA Football
10/23/18- Justin Terry, So, Monmouth (NJ), 5-11, 175 OCT 22 BIG SOUTH DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Monmouth's Justin Terry set a Big South single-game record with seven pass break-ups in the Hawks' win over Campbell. Four of his breakups came on third downs, with three leading to Camel punts. Terry added four tackles (two solo, two assisted) and his seven overall passes defended matched the Big South single-game mark as well. Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Deontae Henderson (Campbell) and Jonathan Slaton (Charleston Southern). - Big South Football
10/23/18- Jimmy Moreland, rSr, James Madison, 5-10, 175 SEPT 24 CAA FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jimmy Moreland, Sr., CB, James Madison (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Royal Palm Beach)...Moreland recorded five tackles, a tackle for loss, a pass breakup and also returned an interception 56 yards for a touchdown in James Madison's 51-0 triumph over William & Mary. The senior was part of a dominant defensive effort by the Dukes, who held the Tribe to 132 total yards. It was Moreland's league-leading third interception of the season and the second straight week he's returned one for a TD. - Colonial Athletic Association Football
10/22/18- Harrison Hand, So, Baylor, 5-11, 192 CB Harrison Hand missed the Texas game with an undisclosed injury. Coach Matt Rhule said Hand is practicing this week and should be ready to play against West Virginia.
10/22/18- Bryce Hall, Jr, Virginia, 6-0, 200 OCT 22 ACC DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE WEEK: Bryce Hall, Virginia, Jr., CB, Harrisburg, Pa.,...Hall was a menace to the Duke passing attack in Virginia's 28-14 victory on Saturday ... He picked off a pass late in the third quarter after UVA had taken a 20-7 lead on its previous drive and finished the game with three passes defensed ... Targeted nine times and allowed only two catches ... Registered five tackles as the Cavaliers held the Blue Devils to 18 points below their season scoring average and 70 yards below their average for total offense ... Hall was named to Pro Football Focus' national team of the week after posting an overall grade of 86.9. - ACC Football
10/22/18- Donnie Lewis Jr, rSr, Tulane, 6-0, 195 OCT 22 AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE HONOR ROLL: Donnie Lewis Jr., Tulane, Jr., CB,...Had a team-high eight tackles with 2.0 tackles for loss to go with a 49-yard interception return for a touchdown in a 27-23 loss to SMU. - American Athletic Conference Football