DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE MONTH
Duke S Jeremy Cash
Headlining one of the best secondaries in college football is Jeremy Cash, the senior Strike safety whose play lives up to his position’s billing.
Cash is lighting up defenders deep as well as behind the line of scrimmage. He’s among the nation’s leaders in tackles for loss with eight, has six quarterback hurries and has forced a remarkable three fumbles.
You could say Cash has been…money?
Texas A&M DE Myles Garrett: A one-man wrecking man up front, Myles Garrett is just a half-sack off of setting the national pace. His 6.5 trail Penn State’s Carl Nassib, who has seven, but Garrett gets the nod for accruing half of his against Power Five competition.
Temple LB Tyler Matakevich: Those who didn’t already know the name were made familiar Week 1. Tyler Matakevich didn’t just introduce himself to the college football nation then, either: He also got acquainted with Penn State quarterback Christian Hackenberg three times.
West Virginia S Karl Joseph: Tied for the nation’s lead in interceptions with four, made over the course of just three games, Karl Joseph is anchoring a feisty West Virginia defense quite nicely.
Stanford LB Blake Martinez: On Fox Sports 1’s broadcast of the Stanford-Oregon State game last Friday, Tim Brando compared linebacker Blake Martinez to Arizona’s Scooby Wright.
Matching Wright’s remarkable statistical output of last season might be a tall order, but Martinez is in the hunt to lead the nation in tackles with 50 through four games. His high-energy style keys a rugged Stanford defense.