CHARLESTON, S.C. – The Citadel defensive back Dee Delaney has been named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.
Delaney recorded a career-high 10 tackles, one interception, two pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery he returned 25 yards for a touchdown in The Citadel’s 44-25 win at Samford. All three turnovers came at important points in the game. His fumble return put the finishing touches on a 28-point second quarter that gave the Bulldogs a 35-14 halftime lead. His interception ended Samford’s first drive of the second half and led to another touchdown, and his forced fumble came on the first play after Samford recovered an onside kick down 41-25 with 12:17 left in the fourth quarter.
Delaney is tied for the FCS lead with five interceptions this season, a total that already has him tied for sixth on The Citadel’s single-season list. He leads the Southern Conference and is second in FCS with an average of 2.0 passes defended per game, and his eight passes defended in conference play are double the next-closest total. Delaney is tied for eighth on The Citadel’s single-season passes defended list with 12 and is tied for ninth on the Bulldogs’ career interceptions list with seven.
Delaney’s award is his second from the conference this season after he was named Defensive Player of the Month for September. This marks the second straight week, and third overall, a Bulldog has earned the conference’s defensive player of the week award. Junior linebacker Tevin Floyd received the recognition following wins over Davidson and Wofford. The Citadel is the only school with multiple Southern Conference defensive weekly honors this season.
The Citadel football team travels to Furman on Saturday for a 1:30 p.m. kickoff. The game can be seen on ESPN3 and via the WatchESPN app.