South Carolina DB Israel Mukuamu picks up 2 national honors after 3-pick game at Georgia
Make more room in the trophy case, national honors continue to roll in for South Carolina DB Israel Mukuamu.
The sophomore cornerback was named the Chuck Bednarik Award National Player of the Week and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week in recognition of his outstanding performance last week at Georgia. The Bednarik Award is selected by the Maxwell Football Club and recognizes outstanding defensive play, while the Nagurski Award is selected by the Football Writers Association of America.
Mukuamu, a 6-4, 205-pound cornerback from Bossier City, Louisiana, and originally from Moncks Corner, South Carolina, recorded 3 interceptions, including one he returned 53 yards for a touchdown, as South Carolina upset No. 3 Georgia, 20-17. Mukuamu also had a career-high 11 tackles (7 solo) as the Gamecocks improved to 3-3 on the season.
Mukuamu was previously named the FBS National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation; the CollegeSportsMadness.com SEC and National Defensive Player of the Week; and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by the SEC.
Along with a pick against Charleston Southern, Mukuamu’s 4 interceptions lead the SEC this season.
Mukuamu and the Gamecocks return to action this week when Florida travels to Williams-Brice Stadium for a noon kickoff on ESPN on Saturday.