Brandon Turnage named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

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Brandon Turnage, who led the Volunteers in tackles in its 45-20 Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina Saturday at Neyland Stadium, was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week.

Turnage, a redshirt sophomore defensive back from Oxford, Mississippi, made a career-high 14 tackles to help the Vols (4-2, 2-1 SEC) notch their second consecutive win.

The Lafayette High School graduate, who previously played at Alabama, started against the Gamecocks (3-3, 0-3) in place of Theo Jackson, UT’s leading tackler, who missed the contest due to injury.

The Vols return to action when they host Ole Miss (4-1, 1-1 SEC) Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The game will be televised on SEC Network.

The Rebels are coached by former Tennessee head coach Lane Kiffin.