Sept. 13, 2009
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IOWA CITY, Iowa – – University of Iowa defensive back Tyler Sash has been named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in Saturday’s 35-3 victory over Iowa State. The announcement was made Sunday night on the Big Ten Network’s weekly recap show.
It’s the second straight week the Hawkeyes have had a Big Ten Player of the Week. Linebacker Jeremiha Hunter won co-Special Team honors for his play in Iowa’s win over Northern Iowa.
In addition, Sash has been named national defensive Performer of the Week by collegefootballperformance.com, which recognizes players at all positions each week during the college football season. Hawkeye TE Tony Moeaki earned honorable mention from collegefootballperformance.com after having 10 receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown in Iowa’s opening win over Northern Iowa.
Sash, a 6-1, 210-pound sophomore from Oskaloosa, IA, won his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor. He also took the award following Iowa’s win over Penn State last season. He shared the honor this week with Minnesota linebacker Nate Triplett.
Sash intercepted a record tying three passes, returning them 63 yards, against Iowa State. He tied the interception mark held by linebacker Grant Steen (Indiana, 2002). Sash has intercepted six passes in the last four Hawkeye games. He had two in the 2009 Outback Bowl win over South Carolina.
Sash also had a team high 10 tackles (eight solo), including two for losses (-5 yards) and a forced fumble, against the Cyclones. His two-game total of 20 tackles leads the team.
Iowa had seven Big Ten Player of the Week honorees last season.