Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Greg Toler, CB, Colts (NFL) — Jaguars rookie QB Blake Bortles’ NFL initiation on Sunday included a 44-17 blowout loss to Indianapolis and a pick-six thrown to Toler, who took it 47 yards to the house. Toler also had four tackles, including one tackle for a loss, and two pass breakups.
Darrius Sims, CB, Vanderbilt (NCAA) — He didn’t really do anything on defense during Vandy’s 48-34 loss to South Carolina on Saturday, but Sims still had a major impact with two kickoff return touchdowns. The sophomore corner took the opening kickoff back 91 yards, and in the third quarter he took one back 100 yards. On both returns, Sims simply spotted the hole in the Gamecocks’ kick coverage, got to that hole before anyone else, and outran everybody to the end zone untouched.
Nate Andrews, FS, Florida State (NCAA) — The Seminoles’ defense needed to step up on Saturday against Clemson with Heisman-winning QB Jameis Winston serving a one-game suspension. With less than two minutes to go in the fourth quarter and the Tigers driving for what could’ve been the game-winning score, Andrews recovered a fumble by Clemson RB C.J. Davidson, allowing the game to go to overtime, where FSU won 23-17 to remain undefeated. Andrews, a sophomore, finished with 10 tackles.
Kam Chancellor, SS, Seahawks (NFL) — The Legion of Boom didn’t overwhelm Peyton Manning and the Broncos’ offense on Sunday like they did eight months ago in Super Bowl XLVIII, but were stout enough to help Seattle pull off a 26-20 overtime victory. Chancellor led the way with nine tackles and a fourth-quarter interception that ended a Denver drive in the red zone, which was also the first pick Manning had thrown in 173 regular-season pass attempts.
Delvin Breaux, CB, Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL) — The LSU product and Arena Football alumni is now starting for the third-best defense in the Canadian Football League. In Saturday’s 25-23 win over Edmonton, Breaux recorded six tackles, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery, and helped slow down an Eskimos’ offense that had scored 30-plus points in three of its last four outings.
New York Giants (NFL) — The entire Giants’ secondary made life miserable for Houston Texans’ QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on Sunday. Strong safety Antrell Rolle, cornerback Prince Amukamara and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie each had an interception, while nickel back Trumaine McBride had a sack in New York’s 30-17 victory.