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Williams Honored As Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

Sep 27, 2021

EUGENE, Ore. — The honors continued to roll in for Bennett Williams on Monday as the Oregon safety was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Ducks' 41-19 win over Arizona.
 
Williams – who made two interceptions and returned one 68 yards for a touchdown vs. the Wildcats – was honored as the Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday. He was also selected to Pro Football Focus' national team of the week on Monday.
 
Oregon has now won the conference's defensive player of the week award in consecutive weeks, with Verone McKinley III claiming the honor following the Ducks' win over Stony Brook. Williams and McKinley III have led the charge for an Oregon defense that leads the nation with 13 total takeaways, picking off three passes each over the last two games.
 
At least one Duck has won a Pac-12 weekly award after each of the first four games to open the season, and Oregon has had seven total conference honorees on the season.  
 
Bennett Williams – Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week
» Walter Camp National FBS Defensive Player of the Week
» One of just seven Oregon players since 2000 to have multiple INTs in a game while returning one of them for a touchdown.
» 68-yard pick-six is the longest by an Oregon player since 2017 (Tyree Robinson – 100 yards).
» Intercepted a pass in consecutive games for the first time in his career – now has six career INTs.
» Now has three interceptions in the last two games, helping Oregon lead the nation with 13 total takeaways through four games.
» Tied for third in the nation with three interceptions on the season.
» Oregon is tied for the national lead in interceptions with nine on the season, three coming from Williams.
» Matched his season-high with eight total tackles, including six solo.