|Messenger Sports Briefs for October 30 |
|Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 5:51 pm |
Titans’ safety Hope
is top AFC defender
NASHVILLE (AP) — Tennessee safety Chris Hope has been named the AFC defensive player of the week for the first two-interception game of his career coming against Peyton Manning.
Hope intercepted a Manning pass in the second quarter that had been tipped by Vincent Fuller, and his second pick came in the fourth quarter off a ball that went off the hands of Indianapolis tight end Dallas Clark. He returned that pick 30 yards to set up a clinching touchdown on the next play.
Tennessee leads the AFC now with 12 interceptions.
This is the first time Hope has been named defensive player of the week in his seventh year.
He is the fourth safety from this franchise to be receive the weekly award, joining Blaine Bishop, Marcus Robertson and Bo Eason.
OVC soccer accolade
goes to UTM’s Rogers
University of Tennessee at Martin sophomore Danielle Rogers was named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending on Tuesday, which is the second time this season the 5-foot-3 defender from Overland Park, Ill., took home the honor.
This marks the fifth time a member of the UT Martin soccer team has won the award this season, which broke the previous all-time season mark of four set in 2003 and 2006.
Rogers is the 11th OVC weekly honoree in head coach Craig Roberts’ tenure, which is more than half of the all-time UT Martin total of 20. Rogers is also the only player this season to earn OVC Defensive Player of the Week honors twice.
The sophomore defender anchored the back line over the weekend for the Skyhawks, helping the defense allow only one goal in 200 minutes.
Individually, Rogers also had an outstanding game against Austin Peay on Sunday, making several key tackles and netting UT Martin’s lone goal off a corner kick from Kelly Ann Hutchinson in a 1-1 double overtime tie.