Minkah Fitzpatrick and Eddie Jackson Share FWAA National Defensive Player of the Week Honors
- rolltide.com
October 20, 2015

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. - Alabama defensive backs Eddie Jackson and Minkah Fitzpatrick were named the AutoNation FWAA National Defensive Players of the Week the Football Writers Association of America announced Tuesday morning after picking off two passes each and returning three for touchdowns.

Fitzpatrick, a true freshman from Old Bridge, N.J., had interceptions returns of 33 and 55 yards for scores. He is also the only player in Alabama history (via records verified back to 1948) to return two interceptions for scores in the same game. He also added two solo tackles and his 88 interception return yards are tied for the seventh most in a single game in school history.

Jackson, a junior safety from Lauderdale Lakes, Fla., also had two interceptions in the game, and returned one for 93 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter. The 93-yard return is the third-longest in school history. Jackson also had a 26-yard return on his other interception to set up another Tide score. Jackson's 119 return yards were the most return yards in a game by an Alabama player. He added two solo tackles and two pass breakups.

The Crimson Tide's 207 interception return yards is an Alabama single-game record, and the third-most in SEC history, and the most since Tennessee had 214 against South Carolina in 1971. The Crimson Tide limited the Aggies to just one offensive touchdown and 316 yards of total offense, 164 yards below their season average.

As part of AutoNation's history of charitable involvement, AutoNation will donate $1,000 to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) in Fitzpatrick's and Jackson's names. This charitable college football initiative culminates with the AutoNation Cure Bowl, a new post-season NCAA football game that kicks off bowl season at the Citrus Bowl Stadium in Orlando, Fla., and will be aired by CBS Sports Network. The aptly named AutoNation Cure Bowl also serves as a fund raiser for the BCRF, CharityWatch's only A+ rated breast cancer organization in the country.

The No. 8 Crimson Tide return home this Saturday to host Tennessee at 2:30 p.m. inside Bryant-Denny Stadium on CBS. SEC Nation, the SEC Network's Saturday morning pregame show, will also originate for Tuscaloosa from 9-11 a.m.

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