Coastal Carolina sophomore Quinn Backus certainly looks to be the odds-on favorite to win Big South Defensive Player of the Year honors this season.
The hard-hitting linebacker was recognized yet again Monday for his breakout campaign while being named Big South Defensive Player of the Week for the fourth time after a stellar performance in the Chanticleers' 36-12 win over Liberty, the conference announced. Backus had a career-high 15 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and his first career interception to key the Chants' most impressive defensive effort of the season.
Backus ranks eighth among all FCS players and second in the Big South in tackles, averaging 11.25 per game. With 90 total tackles through eight games and three left to play, he's on pace to eclipse Coastal's single-season record of 116, which was set by Jamar Leath in a 12-game season in 2006.
With his latest honor, he becomes only the second player in Big South history to earn Defensive Player of the Week recognition four times in one season, joining Gardner-Webb's Mario Williams (2002).
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