Sept. 14, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- University of Michigan fifth-year senior linebacker Brandon Herron (Stafford, Texas/Dulles) won numerous awards for his performance in the Wolverines' 34-10 season-opening victory over Western Michigan on Sept. 3. This week, Herron was nominated for Defensive Performance of the Year by Intersport for his game-changing plays in that game.
The four-month competition lets fans determine which individual performances reign supreme during the 2011 college football season. The winners will be revealed during the two-hour "All-Star Football Challenge" special that will air Feb. 3 at 7 p.m. EST on ESPN2.
From now until the end of the bowl season, two defensive performances of the week will be featured on the All-Star Football Challenge Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AllStarFootball), along with two top individual performers among quarterbacks, running backs and receivers. The top weekly vote-getter will proceed to the finals, which run Jan. 19-25.
In his first career start, Herron recorded a career-high eight tackles, had a 94-yard interception return and scored on a 29-yard fumble recovery return against Western Michigan. Herron became the first Wolverine player in the modern era (since 1948) to record two defensive touchdown returns in the same game.
For his efforts, Herron was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week, Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, National Defensive Performer of Week 1 and National Linebacker Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards (CFPA), and he earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors by College Sports Madness.
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