Oct. 28, 2013
NEW ORLEANS - Two days after enjoying one of the best performances of his career in Tulane's 14-7 win over Tulsa, Green Wave football standout Sam Scofield was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week based on a vote of a panel composed of league media.
A 6-1 junior from Lafayette, La., Scofield earned the honor after posting a career-high 18 tackles to go with a pair of pass break-ups, 1.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble against the Golden Hurricane. It was the second honor for him in as many days as Scofield claimed College Sports Madness Defensive Player of the Week recognition on Sunday.
"He played an amazing game," second-year Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson said. "This kid has been playing so well, he did a very good job of getting stronger over the summer and it shows. He's always been a good player, but he's gotten injured a lot. Now he's playing with a swagger. He's playing very well."
The C-USA Defensive Player of the Week title is the first of Scofield's career and the fourth overall for the Green Wave as sophomore defensive back Jordan Batiste earned the honor on Sept. 30, sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss did so on Oct. 7 and senior nickelback Derrick Strozier followed suit on Oct. 14. Scofield's honor was the seventh of the year for the Green Wave as redshirt-freshman quarterback Devin Powell and senior place kicker Cairo Santos were named Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 12, respectively, while Strozier picked up Special Teams Player of the Week on Oct. 5.
Scofield has started all eight games in 2013 at strong safety and leads the team with 66 tackles (52 solo, 14 assists) while sitting tied for first with one fumble recovery, second with 8.0 tackles for loss, tied for third with seven pass break-ups and one forced fumble, and tied for seventh with 1.0 sacks. He ranks seventh in C-USA with 8.3 tackles per game, is tied for seventh with 1.00 tackles for loss per contest and is tied for 10th with 0.88 passes defensed per outing. Scofield's tackles-per-game average also ranks 71st among NCAA Division I-Football Bowl Subdivision players.
For his career, Scofield has played in 28 games with 12 starts, posting 121 tackles (86 solo, 35 assists), 9.5 tackles for loss, nine pass break-ups, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one sack and a fumble recovery.
Scofield and the Green Wave return to action on Saturday, Nov. 2, when they travel to Boca Raton, Fla., to face C-USA newcomer Florida Atlantic at 4 p.m. (CDT) at FAU Stadium. The game against the Owls is the first of two road games as Tulane will play at Texas-San Antonio on Nov. 9 before returning to New Orleans to close out the home portion of the 2013 regular season against UTEP on Nov. 23.
For tickets to that game, as well as future Green Wave events, contact the Tulane Athletics Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located on the first floor of the Wilson Center on Ben Weiner Drive, and tickets can be purchased in person weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., over the phone at 504-861-WAVE (9283) or via the Internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com.