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Whale Branch's Dee Delaney wins SoCon Defensive Player of the Week for The Citadel

The Citadel's Dee Delaney makes an interception Sept. 5 against Davidson in Charleston's Johnson Hagood Stadium.
The Citadel's Dee Delaney makes an interception Sept. 5 against Davidson in Charleston's Johnson Hagood Stadium. The Citadel Athletics

Already having one Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Month award under his belt this season, The Citadel's Dee Delaney is this week's SoCon Defensive Player of the Week after a stellar performance in the Bulldog's 44-25 win over Samford on Saturday.

The sophomore defensive back out of Whale Branch High School made a career-high 20 tackles, forced a fumble, made an interception and recovered and returned a fumble for a touchdown. He also had two pass breakups.

"He gets better each week," Whale Branch head football coach Jerry Hatcher said of his former star. "The most impressive thing to me is that he lead the team in total tackles with 10."

With less than a minute remaining in the first half Saturday, Mark Thomas sacked Samford's Michael Eubank forcing a fumble. Delaney picked it up and returned it 25 yards for the score.

Then, on Eubank's first pass of the second half, Delaney made the interception and returned the ball 13 yards.

Delaney's interception was the seventh of his career, tied for ninth best in The Citadel history.

For the season, Delaney has five picks, good for a tie with three other players for the lead in the Football Championship Subdivision. He is tied for third overall in all of Division I.

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