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Tennesse's defensive back Brandon Turnage named SEC Defensive Player of the Week

Turnage led a Vol defensive effort that limited the Gamecocks to 13 offensive points while starting at the STAR position, UT officials said.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Southeastern Conference officials that Tennessee's sophomore defensive back Brandon Turnage has been named SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

Tennessee Athletics said that Turnage finished with a game-high and career-best 14 tackles and two tackles for loss in Tennessee's 45-20 win over South Carolina. Turnage led a Vol defensive effort that limited the Gamecocks to 13 offensive points while starting at the STAR position.

Turnage, of Oxford, Mississippi, is the first Vol to earn SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors since Bryce Thompson claimed the award on Dec. 14, 2020, UT officials said.