Steltz named SEC Defensive Player of Week

LSU safety Craig Steltz has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Tigers' 41-24 win over Ole Miss on Saturday.

Steltz, a senior from New Orleans, recorded five tackles to go with a pair of interceptions and a pass breakup in the LSU victory. Steltz's first interception came in the endzone as the Rebels were attempting to tie the score at 14-14 just before halftime.

His second interception again halted an Ole Miss drive as the Rebels had driven into LSU territory. Steltz returned his second interception 42 yards to the Ole Miss 35-yard line. The Tigers scored four plays later to put the game out of reach at 34-17 late in the fourth quarter.

For the year, Steltz leads the top-ranked Tigers in tackles with 73 and he's first in the SEC in interceptions with six.

The honor is the first of Steltz's career and it marks the second time in three weeks that LSU has had the league's defensive player of the week. Defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week following the Tigers' win over Alabama on Nov. 3.

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