KAHLID HAGENS NAMED ADIDAS OVC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
September 4, 2016
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee at Martin football team notched its first Adidas Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week honor this afternoon as junior safety Kahlid Hagens was tabbed the league’s Defensive Player of the Week after his standout performance against Cincinnati on Thursday night.
A native of Maplewood, Mo., Hagens registered a career-high 15 tackles (5 solo) in UT Martin’s loss at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Cincinnati. It marked the second-most tackles by a Skyhawk player against a FBS opponent since 2004 when Markeseo Jackson tallied 16 at Western Michigan. The 15 tackles also ranked as the third-most by an FCS player during Week One of the season.
The junior added 0.5 tackles-for-loss, forced a fumble and tallied a key pass breakup in the game. Due in large part to the Skyhawks’ defensive effort and three forced turnovers, UT Martin held its first lead against a FBS opponent at the half in program history. The team’s three first half turnovers, marked the second most forced turnovers against a FBS foe in program history – matching three against Auburn (2008) and Memphis (2012).
The award marks Hagens’ first Player of the Week honor of his career and the program’s first Defensive Player of the Week accolade since 2014.
UT Martin will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 10 with a matchup against Mountain West foe Hawai’i. Kickoff from the state capital is scheduled for 11 p.m. CT.