Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Temple's Johnson named MAC Defensive Player of the Week

CLEVELAND (10/10/11) – Temple senior LB Stephen Johnson (Norristown, Pa.) has earned Mid-American Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors for the East division.

In Saturday’s 42-0 shutout victory at Ball State, Johnson led the Owls with a career-high 16 tackles, including a career-high eight solos, a career-high eight assists, and a career-high two TFL for a loss of 12 yards. He also had a 10-yard sack against the Cardinals, a career first.  The shutout is the first for the Temple defense this fall that has held opponents to a combined 17 points in four wins.

Johnson also earned national Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week honors from the College Football Performance Awards as well as MAC Defensive Player of the Week honors from College Sports Madness and OwlSports.com Athlete of the Week accolades.

The MAC honor is the first of Johnson’s collegiate career. He is the second Owl to earn recognition for the third time this season as junior RB Bernard Pierce earned Offensive honors on Sept. 5 and Sept. 26.

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