Jonesboro (ASU) - Arkansas State junior linebacker Demario Davis has earned a pair of weekly honors for his performance in the Red Wolves 51-24 victory over Middle Tennessee on Nov. 2. Davis was named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, and he was also named an honorable mention Linebacker of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
The Brandon, Miss. native recorded seven tackles and a career-high two interceptions, which both set up touchdowns, during the Red Wolves' victory over the Blue Raiders in front of a national television audience. Davis joined teammates M.D. Jennings and Adrian Hills as the only three players in the Sun Belt Conference to record multiple interceptions in a game this season.
Davis intercepted Sun Belt Conference Preseason Offensive Player of the Year Dwight Dasher on the game's opening possession, setting up ASU's first scoring drive from Middle Tennessee's 21-yard line. With ASU leading just 23-17, Davis posted his second interception on the Blue Raiders' first drive of the second half. Davis picked off Dasher at Middle Tennessee's 33-yard line, which again set up an ASU touchdown and gave the Red Wolves a two-possession lead.
Davis' seven tackles tied his second most of the season and gives him 45 for the year, while his two interceptions give him three for his career. He was part of A-State's defense that forced a season-high seven turnovers.
The Red Wolves have had five players earn one of the Sun Belt Conference's weekly honors seven times this season. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Aplin has been named the league's offensive player of the week three times, while senior safety M.D. Jennings, senior linebacker Javon McKinnon, junior defensive back Adrian Hills and Davis have all been recognized as the defensive player of the week once.
The College Football Performance Awards performers of the week are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Davis received the weekly honorable mention linebacker honor along with Miles Burris (San Diego State), Alex Wujciak (Maryland), Thomas Majors (Western Kentucky), Victor Aiyewa (Washington), Von Miller (Texas A&M), Michael Hodges (Texas A&M), Michael Mauti (Penn State) and Armond Staten (Central Michigan).