South Carolina defensive back Israel Mukuamu continues to collect national honors after his three-interception game against No. 3 Georgia.
Mukuamu was named the Chuck Bednarik Award National Player of the Week and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy National Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday. The Bednarik Award is selected by the Maxwell Football Club and recognizes outstanding defensive play, while the Nagurski Award is selected by the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA).
Mukuamu, a 6-4, 205-pound cornerback from Bossier City, La., recorded three interceptions, including one he returned 53 yards for a touchdown, as South Carolina upset third-ranked Georgia, 20-17. Mukuamu also had a career-high 11 tackles (7 solo) as the Gamecocks improved to 3-3 on the season.
Mukaumu was previously named the FBS National Defensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation; the CollegeSportsMadness.com SEC and National Defensive Player of the Week; and the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by the Southeastern Conference office.
Mukuamu is third on the team with 37 tackles and leads the Gamecocks with four interceptions. He also has two pass breakups and a fumble recovery.