Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Bills (NFL) — He is currently tied for the NFL lead in interceptions this season (four, already a career-high for the seventh-year pro) after getting two picks in Buffalo’s 17-16 win over the Vikings on Sunday. McKelvin added four tackles and two pass breakups.
Brandon Reddish, CB, Syracuse (NCAA) — The Orange snapped a four-game losing streak with Saturday’s 30-7 triumph over Wake Forest, and its playmaking defense led the way. Reddish’s sack-and-strip of QB Tyler Cameron resulted in a 51-yard fumble return TD for ‘Cuse defensive end Micah Robinson, the team’s second defensive touchdown of the day. Reddish, a senior, finished with seven tackles to go with the sack and forced fumble.
Reshad Jones, FS, Dolphins (NFL) — It wasn’t so much Jones’ team-high seven tackles, or his two pass breakups, or even his one interception in Sunday’s 27-14 win over the Bears that made him a lock for this list. It was that following his second-quarter INT, Jones had a 50-yard return that was as dazzling as anything you’ll see from an NFL running back this year. The only negative was that Jones fumbled at the end, but a teammate recovered it.
Danzel McDaniel, DB, Kansas State (NCAA) — Oklahoma was backed up against its own end zone early in the second quarter on Saturday before McDaniel, a junior, got the easiest touchdown of his life on a 5-yard interception return. He would finish with eight tackles (two of them for losses) in K-State’s 31-30 upset win.
James Ihedigbo, SS, Lions (NFL) — Detroit free safety Glover Quin had the interception that set up the go-ahead touchdown. And cornerback Darius Slay broke up a fourth-down pass by Drew Brees to second the Lions’ 24-23 win over the Saints. But as far as a complete whistle-to-whistle performance, strong safety Ihedigbo was Detroit’s standout DB. He finished with eight tackles, one sack and one fumble recovery.
Damian Swann, FS, Georgia (NCAA) — Listed as a cornerback on the roster but starting at safety on Saturday, the senior Swann led the Bulldogs’ defense with 11 tackles, an interception, two forced fumbles and a sack in a 45-32 win over Arkansas. Backup running back Nick Chubb is rightfully getting a lot of credit for helping Georgia thrive in the absence of former Heisman Trophy contender Todd Gurley, but the Dawgs’ defense has played a big part.