Tusculum defensive back Dee Alford has been named the Applebee's Male Student-Athlete of the Month for September.

Alford, a sophomore from Griffin, Georgia, leads the South Atlantic Conference in both interceptions (3), fumble recoveries (3) and total takeaways (7).  He has totaled 25 tackles, including 19 solo stops, including one for loss. He is also tied for the team-lead with six passes defended (3 INT, 3 pass break-ups) as the Pioneers opened the season 2-3.                                                          

In the season-opener at North Greenville, Alford recorded five tackles and returned a fumble for a 35-yard touchdown.  In Tusculum’s 39-12 home win over Shorter, he added four tackles, one for loss, forced a fumble and recovered another against the Hawks.  He tallied a season-high 10 tackles and his first career interception at Limestone.  The following week, he made two tackles, recovered a fumble and tallied his second interception of the season in TC’s 31-10 road win at UNC Pembroke.  Last week against Lenoir-Rhyne, Alford capped off the month with his third interception in as many games, while also being credited with four tackles and two pass break-ups.

The Tusculum College Student-Athlete of the Month Award is sponsored by Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar of Greeneville.  The Applebee’s Student-Athlete of the Month Award honors one male and one female student-athlete each month from an in-season sport during the 2017-2018 academic year, recognizing their hard work, effort and performance.