Westry Named SEC Defensive POW by CollegeSportsMadness.com

LEXINGTON, Ky. – University of Kentucky true freshman cornerback Chris Westry has been named the Southeastern Conference Defensive Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com for his performance in Kentucky’s 26-22 victory over South Carolina on Saturday.

Westry, who has made an immediate impact on the Kentucky secondary since arriving on campus earlier this year, made several clutch plays against the Gamecocks to seal Kentucky’s first SEC road win since 2009 and the Wildcats’ first win at South Carolina since 1999.

The native of Orange Park, Fla., made his biggest play late in the game, gathering his first career interception on South Carolina’s final possession of the game to help seal the win. Earlier in the game, Westry made two big plays in the third quarter, getting a quarterback hurry to help stall a USC drive before a pass breakup in the end zone forced a field goal attempt after USC had driven deep into Kentucky’s redzone.

Westry also had his first career quarterback sack in the second quarter that forced South Carolina into a punting situation. For the season, Westry has six tackles, one sack, one interception, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry, starting both games played.

Kentucky will return to action on Saturday, playing host to Florida at 7:30 p.m. ET at Commonwealth Stadium. The game will be televised on the SEC Network and broadcast live on the UK Sports Radio Network.