NASHVILLE, Tenn. --- Tusculum linebacker L'Keith Brown has been named the College Football Defensive Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association (TSWA). This marks the second time this year and third occasion in his career he has been recognized with the TSWA weekly honor.
Brown, a senior from Athens, Georgia, recorded 10 tackles and an interception in Tusculum's 25-17 upset win over 12th-ranked Wingate. Brown and the Pioneer defense limited the South Atlantic Conference's top-rusher (Lawrence Pittman) to 24 yards, more than 100 yards below his seasonal average. TC also handed the Bulldogs their first loss of the season.
Brown has recorded double-digit tackles in three of his last four games and has accounted for a tackle for loss in eight of his 10 outings this season.
He finished his senior campaign with 88 tackles and his 8.8 tackles per game average is the second-highest in the league. Brown led the conference with his three forced fumbles, which are 21st in the country. For 2017, he tallied nine tackles for loss and two interceptions.
Brown ends his collegiate career with 336 tackles, which are the third-most in Tusculum history. His 38 career tackles for loss are seventh in the TC record book, while his eight forced fumbles are third and his three fumble recoveries are eighth in school history.
The Pioneers ended the season with a 5-5 record, marking the program's first non-losing season since 2014. TC finished fourth in the conference for its second straight top-tier showing in the league.