BUFFALO, NY – University at Buffalo, the State University of New York linebacker Okezie Alozie was named the Mid-American Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a standout performance in the Bulls 41-17 win over Ohio, the conference announced.
Alozie had a pair of interceptions, including a pick six against the Bobcats. His first career interception went for a 22-yard touchdown and gave the Bulls a 21-10 lead. Later in the half, he had his second interception of the game and returned it 43 yards to set up a UB field goal as time expired in the first half. Alozie also had three tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack in the game.
It is the first time Alozie has been named MAC Player of the Week. A team captain, he is enjoying the best season of his career. The senior linebacker has 41 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, six pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles on the year.
The Bethlehem, PA native is the third Bull to be honored by the MAC this season. Punt returner Jacob Martinez was named Special Teams Player of the Week following the Albany game and punter Tyler Grassman was named Special Teams Player of the Week following UB's win over Florida Atlantic.
Alozie and the Bulls will next play at Miami (OH) on Thursday night.