Sep 4, 2013
Robenson Therezie with one of his interceptions (Anthony Hall photo)
Oklahoma City, Okla. -- Auburn's Robenson Therezie was named the Jim Thorpe defensive back the week Wednesday after intercepting two passes and helping the Tigers beat Washington State 31-24 in last Saturday's season-opening win.
Therezie's first interception came in the opening quarter, which helped set up Auburn's first touchdown of the game. His second interception came in the end zone to stop a Washington State scoring drive late in the fourth quarter, which sealed the game for the Tigers.
Therezie was also named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week. That story and his comments are here.
With his two picks, Therezie became the first Auburn player with two interceptions in a game since linebacker Josh Bynesdid so in 2010 versus Arkansas. He also added a career-high seven tackles.
Honorable Mention Players for Week One:
Tra'Mayne Bondurant, Arizona, Junior Safety: Bondurant collected a game-high seven tackles, including one for loss and picked off a pair of passes in Arizona's 35-0 win over Northern Arizona. His first interception came in the third quarter when he stepped in front of a tipped pass and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown. Later in the third quarter, he picked off another pass, securing his first career multi-interception game.
Marqueston Huff, Wyoming, Senior Safety: Huff had a game-high 18 tackles including eight solo tackles for Wyoming in their near upset of No. 18 Nebraska. Huff added a pass breakup, forced a fumbled that he also recovered late in the fourth quarter, which led to a Wyoming touchdown three plays later. His 18 total tackles tie him for the nation's lead.
Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan, Junior Cornerback: Celiscar had a game-high 10 tackles in Western Michigan's 26-13 loss to Michigan State. He also added two pass break ups and was part of a Bronco defense that held the Spartans to just 116 yards through the air and a 45.9 completion percentage.
About the Jim Thorpe Award: The Jim Thorpe Award is one of the most coveted awards in college football. The award was established in 1986 and is named after history's greatest all-around athlete, Jim Thorpe. Thorpe excelled as a running back, passer and kicker on the offensive side of the ball, but also stood out as a defensive back. In addition to his legendary performance on the football field, Thorpe played professional baseball and won Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and pentathlon.
The candidates for the award are selected by a "screening committee" of Jim Thorpe Association members who follow several players throughout the season, watching games and researching information sources to grade Thorpe Award candidates on the basis of performance on the field, athletic ability and character. The committee then narrows the field to three finalists and the names of these finalists are submitted to a national panel of about 50 sports writers, sportscasters, coaches and former players who vote to determine the winner. The Thorpe Award Winner is selected from three finalists and will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards on Thursday, December 12, 2013 on ESPN.
The Jim Thorpe Award Banquet will be held Feb. 4, 2014 in Oklahoma City.