Michigan DB Tyree Kinnel’s performance in the Wolverines’ 36-14 win over Cincinnati on Saturday earned him Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Kinnel secured his first career interception, which he returned 28 yards for a touchdown, in the win. The junior added a team-high 9 tackles (8 of them solo) and his first career tackle for a loss. This is the first time he’s won this weekly award. The last Michigan player to do so was Jabrill Peppers last September.
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Kinnel, a former 4-star recruit from Huber Heights, Ohio, played in all 13 of Michigan’s games last season. He’s now starting at safety in a defensive backfield that had to replace four starters and five seniors. The Wolverines have excelled so far, only allowing a 4.7 yards per pass attempt in their wins over Florida and Cincinnati. That mark is good for 19th in the country.
Iowa QB Nate Stanley and Wisconsin RB Jonathan Taylor were the Big Ten’s Co-Offensive Players of the Week, with Taylor also claiming Freshman of the Week honors.