LB Levy earns defensive honors

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoAfter astrong performance on the road this weekend, senior linebacker DeAndre Levy wasnamed Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week.Levy, whohad nine total tackles, including four for a loss, was instrumental in theBadger’s victory against Fresno State at Bulldog Stadium. His first-quarterinterception after defensive end Matt Shaughnessy deflected a pass gaveWisconsin good field position, enabling them to score their only touchdown ofthe game. Levy’s fourth-quarter sack of Fresno State quarterback TomBrandstater helped secure the victory.“DeAndreLevy, he was sudden. He was all over the place,” UW head coach Bret Bielemasaid after Saturday’s game.Levy wasalso in the midst of controversy as an apparent fumble by Fresno State widereceiver Devon Wylie was overturned after an official review. Had the callstood, Levy would have been credited for both causing and recovering thefumble.“On thefield, I thought for sure [it was a fumble],” Levy said after the game. “Itkind of surprised me.”Thismarks the second time Levy has won the award. The first time was on Oct. 29,2007, after a 37-34 win over Michigan State in which he had five tackles, asack and a fumble recovery. Levy is the first Badger to win defensive player ofthe week honors since Shaughnessy did it in November 2007.It wasannounced Monday that the kickoff of Wisconsin’s next game at Michigan will be Sept.27 at 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time on ABC. This is the first time theBadgers will face the Wolverines under new head coach Rich Rodriguez. The lasttime UW traveled to the Big House in 2006, it lost 27-13 in the team’s onlyloss of the season. Last year at Camp Randall, the Badgers were able to beatthe Wolverines, who were without running back Michael Hart, 37-21.—DerekZetlin contributed to this report.last_img

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