Citadel bandit linebacker Quinlan Washington has been named the Southern Conference defensive player of the week for his performance in a 35-14 win over VMI on Saturday.
Washington, a 6-0, 201-pound redshirt freshman from Gainesville, Fla., intercepted two passes, returning one for a 72-yard touchdown. He also forced a fumble with a sack and made a career-high four tackles.
Washington’s two interceptions were half of the four passes picked off by the Bulldogs on Saturday, giving the team 17 interceptions for the season. That total and the Bulldogs’ four interceptions returned for touchdowns are tied for the FCS lead.
Washington is the third Citadel player to earn the weekly honor. Linebacker Tevin Floyd has won it twice and cornerback Dee Delaney once. Delaney also was the SoCon defensive player of the month for September.
At 7-2 overall and 6-0 in the SoCon, The Citadel has clinched at least a share of its first conference title since 1992. The Bulldogs can win the title outright, along with an automatic bid to the 24-team FCS playoffs, with a win Saturday at Chattanooga.