Sept. 10, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The SEC Defensive Player of the Week, Vols redshirt sophomore defensive back Brian Randolph has added Athlon Sports SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his play against Western Kentucky.
Randolph recorded the first two interceptions of his career on Saturday, picking off WKU’s Brandon Doughty twice in the end zone in the Vols’ 52-20 triumph.
The Marietta Ga., native piled up 38 return yards on his picks, and added eight tackles and one pass break up from his strong safety position.
Tennessee forced seven turnovers against the Hilltoppers, the team’s most since recording seven against Memphis on Nov. 10, 1984. The Vols forced turnovers on a NCAA-record four consecutive plays in the first quarter and came up with the ball on five of six plays.
Led by Randolph, the Big Orange pulled in five interceptions, marking the most since achieving the same feat against Kentucky on Nov. 20, 1999. Tennessee, which is currently tied for first in the nation with nine forced turnovers, returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the win.
The Vols (2-0) return to action this week when they travel to Autzen Stadium for the first time in program history to take on No. 2/2 Oregon (2-0) on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 3:30 p.m. ET on ABC.