Nevin Lawson Named Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention National Defensive Back
Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013
Utah State senior cornerback Nevin Lawson was named a Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention National Defensive Back of the Week following his performance against Boise State Oct. 12. (photo from Athletics website)
Utah State [University] senior cornerback Nevin Lawson has been named a Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention National Defensive Back of the Week following his performance against Boise State last weekend [Oct. 12] it was announced Wednesday [Oct. 16, 2013].
In all, Lawson was one of four defensive backs nationally to be recognized by The Jim Thorpe Association as Louisiana-Monroe’s Isaiah Newsome was named the Jim Thorpe National Defensive Back of the Week, while Oregon State’s Rashaad Reynolds, Tulane’s Derrick Strozier and Lawson each garnered honorable mention accolades.
Along with receiving Jim Thorpe Honorable Mention National Defensive Back of the Week honors for his performance against Boise State, Lawson was also named the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Week along with garnering honorable mention Defensive Back of the Week honors from College Football Performance Awards.
Lawson, a 5-10, 186-pound cornerback from Lauderhill, Fla., (Piper HS) intercepted a career-high two passes against Boise State and returned one 65 yards for his first career touchdown. Lawson also had a career-high five passes defended against the Broncos with three pass breakups and two interceptions to go along with a career-high tying nine tackles, which included one tackle for loss. The pick six by Lawson is the first by an Aggie since Will Davis returned an interception 59 yards for a touchdown against Idaho in 2012. Furthermore, Lawson’s two interceptions are the most in a single game by a USU player since Robert Watts and Antonio Taylor both intercepted two passes at UNLV on Sept. 25, 2004. Overall, Lawson now has three interceptions this year and five in his career.
On the season, Lawson ranks fifth in the Mountain West and tied for 43rd in the nation in interceptions (0.43 pg) and ninth in the MW in passes defended (1.1 pg).
Utah State (3-4, 2-1 MW) continues its 2013 season this weekend playing at Mountain West foe New Mexico (2-4, 0-2 MW) Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by ROOT Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683) and available to watch live streaming on the Internet via the Mountain West Network.
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