Minkah Fitzpatrick and Eddie Jackson Share FWAA National
Defensive Player of the Week Honors
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
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
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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