Shazor Selected Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- University of Michigan senior strong safety Ernest Shazor (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King HS) was named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for his career-best performance in the Wolverines come-from-behind 27-24 football victory over Minnesota Saturday (Oct. 9) at Michigan Stadium. This is the first career Big Ten weekly award for Shazor and the first earned by a Wolverine this season.


Shazor made a career-high 12 tackles (11 solos) in the win over Minnesota and had four tackles for loss (17 yards). He made two tackles for loss and a tackle for no gain as the Wolverines forced Minnesota to punt with just over three minutes to play, allowing the Michigan offense to get the ball back and score the game-winning points on a 31-yard touchdown pass from freshman quarterback Chad Henne (Wyomissing, Pa./Wilson HS) to junior tight end Tyler Ecker (El Dorado Hills, Calif./Oak Ridge HS) with 1:57 left.

The Wolverine defense held Minnesota less 200 rushing yards for the first time this season and held the Golden Gophers to 24 points, two touchdowns under their season average.

A Jim Thorpe Award candidiate, Shazor leads the Wolverines with 40 tackles (32 solo) and shares the team lead with seven tackles for loss (25 yards). He is second on the team with two interceptions. Shazor has 122 tackles, 16 TFLs, three sacks, four interceptions, one fumble recovery and 12 pass breakups during his career.

The Wolverines (5-1, 3-0 Big Ten) are ranked 14th by the Associated Press and 13th in the ESPN/USA Today poll and play at Illinois (2-4, 0-3 Big Ten) this Saturday (Oct. 16) at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. The game will be televised regionally by ABC Sports, with kickoff slated for 12:10 p.m. EDT (11:10 a.m. CDT).

Media Contacts: David Ablauf, Jim Schneider (734) 763-4423

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