Washington State, a predominately offensive team, upset a perennial national power in USC 10-7 last week. So, its not surprising to see one the Cougars’ defensive standouts recognized nationally for his efforts against the Trojans.
In this case, senior cornerback Damante Horton was named the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week for his tremendous performance against one of the best receiving corps in the nation.
He had a 70-yard interception return for a touchdown to tie the game 7-7 in the second quarter and finished the game with a second interception with a minute remaining in the game. He also recorded two tackles for loss.
Horton looks to continue his tear at cornerback, as Washington State hosts Southern Utah at 6:30 p.m. Saturday on the Pac-12 Network.
The Jim Thorpe Association also named three honorable mentions, including Tennessee sophomore safety Brian Randolph, Tulsa sophomore safety Michael Mudoh and Oklahoma senior safety Gabe Lynn.