Nix earns Defensive Player of the Week



Ball State’s Horactio Banks is tackled by junior defensive lineman Roosevelt Nix (#5) at Dix Stadium on Sept. 29. Nix was named MAC defensive player of the week on Nov. 5, 2012. Photo by Brian Smith.

Tim Dorst

For the second week in a row, a Kent State football player has earned Mid-American Conference recognition for a strong defensive performance.

Junior defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix was named MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week Monday after his performance in Kent State’s 35-24 win against Akron Saturday.

Nix recorded a career-high nine tackles and forced a fumble in the Flashes’ victory against the rival Zips. The forced fumble was recovered by the Flashes and led to a Kent State touchdown.

This season, Nix is fifth on the team in total tackles with 38 and leads all Flashes defenders in sacks with 4.5. Nix is the second Kent State player to earn the award, as senior linebacker Luke Batton was recognized for his 13-tackle performance in the Flashes’ win against Rutgers on Oct. 28.

Nix was awarded MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors after the 2010 season; he was the only freshman ever to win the award.

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