Nebraska senior safety Matt O'Hanlon added to his awards for his record-setting effort against Oklahoma, being named the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week. On Monday, O'Hanlon was named the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week.
O'Hanlon played a crucial role in the Huskers' 10-3 victory over 20th-ranked Oklahoma on Saturday night. The Bellevue, Neb., native tied the school record with three interceptions, with each of those coming in the second half. His first interception set up a field goal that gave Nebraska the final points of the evening, while each of the final two interceptions ended fourth-quarter OU scoring threats.
O'Hanlon also racked up a career-high 12 tackles, including nine stops before intermission, and had a pass breakup. On the season, O'Hanlon ranks fourth on the team with 48 tackles and his four interceptions lead the Blackshirts.
The awards this week for O'Hanlon have continued an impressive list of honors for Nebraska defenders in 2009. This marks the third time Nebraska has won the Nagurski weekly award and the second consecutive week. Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was honored for his effort against Missouri, while defensive tackle Jared Crick earned the award after his record-setting sack effort at Baylor. No other school has won the award twice this season.