(MU Athletics) - Mizzou Football sophomore linebacker Kentrell Brothers (Guthrie, Okla.) has been named the Southeastern Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Monday. Brothers helped close out Mizzou’s 41-26 win at then-No. 7 Georgia last Saturday by intercepting Bulldog quarterback Aaron Murray inside the final minute of play for his third pick of the season. The Tiger made a career-high 10 tackles in the contest, including 1.0 tackle-for-loss.
The weekly honor is the first of Brothers’ career at Mizzou and also marks the first time a Mizzou player has earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week since Kenronte Walker brought home the award after the 24-20 win vs. Arizona State last season (Sept. 15, 2012). The interception tied Brothers for the team lead in picks.
Brothers’ recognition is the fifth weekly SEC honor earned by a Mizzou player this season. Senior DL Michael Sam (Hitchcock, Texas), junior DL Markus Golden (St. Louis, Mo.) and junior DL Kony Ealy (New Madrid, Mo.) combined for four Defensive Line Player of the Week honors (Sept. 7, Sept. 21, Sept. 28, Oct. 5).