JONESBORO, Ark. (11/21/16) – Arkansas State senior defensive end Chris Odom has been named the Sun Belt Conference Defensive Player of the Week after he recorded a career-high two forced fumbles recovered, including one for a touchdown, and was responsible for three tackles, one tackle for loss, a sack and a quarterback hurry during the Red Wolves’ 35-3 road victory over Troy this past Thursday.
Odom’s two forced fumbles tied the most in the nation for a single game, while they also increased his season total to four that stands tied for the sixth most in the country. His first forced fumble came on Troy’s first offensive play of the game, helping set the defensive tone for A-State and ending the Trojan’s possession at the Red Wolves’ 44-yard line.
Odom began the second half the same way, sacking and stripping the ball from quarterback Brandon Silvers on Troy’s first play. He then chased the ball down and helped redirect it from a Troy player into the end zone, where it was recovered by A-State’s Chris Humes to give the Red Wolves’ a 14-3 lead.
He was part of A-State’s defense that limited the Sun Belt Conference’s leading team in both scoring offense and total offense to three points and 262 yards, both season lows.
Odom’s weekly honor also marks the fourth straight week that the Red Wolves’ have taken home at least one of the conference’s weekly awards and also marks the fifth time they have done it in the last six weeks.
A-State returns to the field Saturday, Nov. 26 when it travels to Louisiana-Lafayette to take on the Ragin’ Cajuns. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m.