Trevor Williams Named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

After collecting two interceptions to accompany five tackles against Rutgers on Saturday, Penn State cornerback Trevor Williams is the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.

Williams’ two interceptions, which came in the first and third quarters of Penn State’s 13-10 victory, mark the first multi-interception game for a Nittany Lion since Michael Mauti did it against Illinois in 2012.

The junior cornerback from Baltimore limited Gary Nova and his offense to just three first downs and 95 yards in the second half, as well as zero points. Nova threw five interceptions in the game.

This is Williams’ first time earning Defensive Player of the Week honors, and he’s the first Penn Stater to win it since C.J. Olaniyan in 2013.

Williams transitioned from wide receiver to corner last season. He made six starts across from Jordan Lucas, yet the duo struggled to find a consistent rhythm. This year, through three starts, it appears he’s starting to gain confidence and competence.

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Ben Berkman

State College, PA

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