The American Athletic Conference announced the very first edition of its weekly football awards Monday, and UCF linebacker Terrance Plummer will go down in the history books as the league’s first Defensive Player of the Week. Meanwhile, quarterback Blake Bortles picked up a spot on the five-man Honor Roll.
The last weekly defensive award handed out to a Knight was last season when A.J. Bouye (Oct. 22) and Troy Davis (Nov. 5) were honored by Conference USA. Both players are currently suiting up in the NFL with the Houston Texans and New York Jets, respectively. For Plummer, it was his first weekly award of his career.
Plummer kicked off his junior campaign in the 38-7 win over Akron Aug. 29 by amassing 10 tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss and a pass break-up. The Zips racked up just 250 yards of total offense, and their only score of the game occurred with 42 seconds left in the fourth quarter.
It was Plummer’s 14th career start at middle linebacker in a Black and Gold uniform, and the fifth time he accounted for at least 10 tackles in a game. The 3.0 tackles for loss also set a personal-best for the Orange Park native.
On the offensive side of the ball, Bortles delivered a career-high 314 passing yards and matched his personal-best with three touchdowns, marking the first time since 2009 that UCF had a 300-yard passer. The Oviedo product continued two streaks as he has not thrown an interception in a school-record 198 consecutive pass attempts, while he has recorded a touchdown pass in nine straight games.
Monday featured the announcement of the College Football Performance Awards weekly accolades as well, and both Plummer and Bortles received honorable mention status.
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