Groce Named SBC Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week

By NU Athletic Communications
DeJuan Groce was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday
DeJuan Groce was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week on Monday
Photo by Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications

Nebraska cornerback DeJuan Groce was selected as the SBC Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week after picking off two passes in Nebraska?s 44-13 win over Utah State on Saturday.

It was the fourth Big 12 Player of the Week award for the Huskers this season with Josh Brown winning the special teams award and Pat Ricketts claiming defensive honors in week one. Groce was also named the special teams player of the week after returning two punts for touchdowns against Troy State.

Baylor running back Jonathan Golden was selected as the offensive player of the week, while Kansas State?s cornerback-kick returner-wide receiver Terence Newman was tabbed as the special teams player of the week.

Groce picked off two passes for the second consecutive week, as the Huskers? defense held Utah State to just 13 points in a 44-13 win. Over the past two games, Groce has equaled his previous career total of four interceptions after making two against Troy State a week ago. Groce collected three picks last season and logged one interception in his sophomore campaign. He also broke up one pass against USU go give him two for the season and 35 for his career -- fourth all-time at Nebraska.

Groce made one tackle, as the Aggies avoided Groce altogether after his second interception that he returned 21 yards. The senior was also a key on the Huskers? punt return unit, as a gunner, Groce helped punter Kyle Larson post a 53-yard net punting average and a 57.3 gross punting average.

Golden had a "career night" for Baylor, as the Sugar Land, Texas, native scored six touchdowns in the Bears 50-12 win over Samford. He ran for 108 yards on 19 carries, scoring his first five touchdowns on the ground with No. 6 coming via a 28-yard touchdown pass. He set a school record with six total TDs and five rushing tallies in a single game. His scoring runs covered four, one, three, 16 and 17 yards.

Newman return a punt for a touchdown, while also picking off his second pass of the season and snaring a 51-yard touchdown pass from his wideout position in Kansas State?s 68-0 win over UL Monroe. The multi-position standout finished with five tackles, including a TFL for minus-three yards.


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