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Auburn football: Therezie named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

AUBURN, Ala. — No one can say Robenson Therezie didn't make the most of his first career start.

Replacing the injured Justin Garrett at Auburn's "Star" hybrid linebacker/safety spot, the junior snagged two interceptions against Washington State. Not only did they mark the first two pickoffs of his career, but they matched the Tigers' total from all of last season.

On Monday, the SEC recognized Therezie's accomplishment, selecting him as the league's Defensive Player of the Week.

Therezie's first interception came on a tipped pass at Auburn's 48-yard line in the opening period. He returned it to Washington State's 24-yard line, and four plays later, the Tigers scored their first touchdown of the season.

His second interception was an even bigger grab, as he made a leaping catch of Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday's pass from the Tigers' 8-yard line with 4:46 to play to maintain Auburn's seven-point lead.

Therezie had seven tackles (six solo, one assisted), tied for second-most on the team with Ryan Smith.

It's the first time an Auburn defender has been honored as the SEC Defensive Player of the Week since defensive end Corey Lemonier was honored for his performance against Florida in October 2011. In that game, Lemonier had a team-best six tackles, three tackles-for-loss, two sacks and four quarterback hurries, helping the Tigers hold the Tigers to just 194 yards of total offense. He shared the award with South Carolina free safety D.J. Swearinger, who had 12 tackles and an interception.