Kellem honored by SBC

Safety tabbed Defensive Player of the Week

October 6, 2008 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Jeremy Kellem was honored today by the Sun Belt Conference as the Defensive Player of the Week. It was the sophomore's first career player of the week award.

Kellem, noted for always being around the football during his short career, enjoyed a highlight reel type of game against Florida Atlantic as he was responsible for three turnovers and collected five tackles in Middle Tennessee's dramatic 14-13 win on national television.

Kellem, who is second on the team with 34 tackles this year, denied the Owls a first-quarter opportunity when he intercepted Rusty Smith near midfield. It was Kellem's first interception of the season. In what would later prove to be one of the game's most critical plays, Kellem pounced on a loose ball on a second-and-goal play from the 2 already trailing 7-0 in the second quarter. It was Kellem's first career fumble recovery. He later forced a fumble that was recovered by the Blue Raiders in the fourth quarter prior to starting their stunning comeback.

It went down as the 22nd player of the week award under Rick Stockstill and the fifth this season.

The Blue Raiders will travel to Florida International this weekend to take on the Golden Panthers. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM CST and the game will be streamed live over the internet at fiusports.com.

Follow the Blue Raiders on Twitter @MTAthletics for continued updates.