PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Two prominent national honors were bestowed on Connecticut linebacker Yawin Smallwood Tuesday on the heels of his standout performance in the Huskies' 24-21 win at Maryland.
Smallwood, who was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Monday, was chosen as the Chuck Bednarik Player of the Week by the Maxwell Football Club and as the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week by the Football Writers Assocation of America.
Smallwood had a game-high 14 tackles — five more than any other player in the game — to go with 2.5 sacks, 3.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble that led to a Connecticut field goal in the win at previously unbeaten Maryland. Smallwood leads all FBS players in tackles for loss (3.0 per game) and is eighth nationally in sacks (1.3 per game).
Additionally, Smallwood was named to the Watch List for the 2012 Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which goes to the nation's top defensive player.