ATHENS - The Walter Camp Football Foundation has named University of Georgia senior safety Tra Battle the National 1-A Defensive Player of the Week.
Battle tied a school-record with three interceptions – all in the first half – as Georgia
defeated fifth-ranked Auburn
, 37-15 this past Saturday in Auburn. Battle returned one of his interceptions for a touchdown (30 yards) to help the Bulldogs take an impressive 30-7 halftime lead. Overall, Georgia (7-4, 4-4 in SEC) held Auburn to just 171 yards of total offense. Also, the Bulldog defense limited Auburn to only 35 yards passing on four completions while registering four sacks. Battle tallied four tackles and one pass break up. Battle's three interceptions were the most in a game by a Bulldog since 1982 when Terry Hoage had three against Vanderbilt
. Battle has a team-leading six interceptions this season and eight for his career.
Each week, the Walter Camp Foundation names a national offensive and defensive player of the week. Kansas State freshman quarterback Josh Freeman, who led his squad to a 45-42 upset over fourth-ranked Texas, was the offensive player of the week.
Also, Battle has been named one of the four nominees for the Cingular All-America Player of the Week. Battle, Freeman, Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and Connecticut running back Donald Brown are this week's four nominees as selected by a panel of ESPN college football analysts. Fans can determine the winner by text messaging "VOTE" to "87654" on their wireless phone and casting their votes for the nominees.
Georgia is off this week and wraps up the regular season by playing host to 18th-ranked Georgia Tech (8-2, 6-1 ACC) on Nov. 25th.