Six secondary standouts from football’s week that was:
Darrelle Revis, CB, New York Jets (NFL): He stole what was supposed to be Andrew Luck’s show on “Monday Night Football,” intercepting one pass and recovering two fumbles in the Jets’ defensively dominant 20-7 victory. Revis also had four tackles and turned Indy’s No. 1 receiver, T.Y. Hilton, into a non-factor (4 rec, 45 yds). With Revis at the helm, a Jets’ defense that last season threatened to break an NFL record for fewest forced turnovers has this season taken the ball away from its opponents a league-high 10 times through two games.
RJ Williamson, SS, Michigan State (NCAA): In Saturday’s 35-21 win over Air Force, Williamson had five tackles, one interception, and one fumble recovery, which he took back 64 yards for a touchdown. The senior strong safety then put the finishing touch on the Spartans’ victory by recovering Air Force’s onside kick late in the fourth quarter.
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Florida State (NCAA): While the Seminoles’ offense struggled in its first real test without Jameis Winston, the defense carried the team in Friday’s 14-0 victory over Boston College. Ramsey, a junior, contributed six tackles, and with FSU clinging to a seven-point lead early in the fourth quarter, recovered a fumble and returned it 36 yards for the touchdown that was enough to keep BC at bay.
Bradley Roby, CB, Denver Broncos (NFL): In the week of big fumble recoveries, none was bigger than Roby’s 21-yard return for a TD in the final 30 seconds of Denver’s 31-24 comeback win over the Chiefs on Thursday night.
Jamal Adams, SS, LSU (NCAA): The talk of college football right now is LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who made Auburn’s defense (especially its DBs) look foolish on his way to 228 rushing yards. Overlooked in that game was the performance of LSU’s defense, especially its DBs, who held Auburn’s star receiver D’haquille Williams to two catches for 19 yards and limited QB Jeremy Johnson to just 100 yards passing. The standout of the Tigers’ secondary was Adams, a sophomore and the son of former NFL running back George Adams, who recorded six tackles and one interception.
Tony Jefferson, SS, Arizona Cardinals (NFL): Jefferson’s 26-yard pick-six has been replayed a thousand times because it was the play on which Bears QB Jay Cutler suffered a hamstring injury that could sideline him for a few weeks. Jefferson added a team-high nine tackles (one for loss) in the Cardinals’ 48-23 victory.