The honors keep on coming for Collin Ellis.
Ellis jolted open the eyes of the college football world late Saturday night when he took back two interceptions for touchdowns in Northwestern's 44-30 win over California. And, after getting Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors on Monday, the Football Writers Association of America named Ellis the FWAA/Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week on Tuesday.
Ellis' returns proved to be the difference in the Wildcats' victory, and both came at crucial moments of the game. His first, in the third quarter, came with Northwestern trailing, 24-20, and ended with the Cats on top, 27-24. The Golden Bears would never lead again, though they threatened throughout the remainder of the game. Ellis' second pick-six in the fourth quarter extended a three-point Northwestern lead to a more comfortable 10. And, by the way, Ellis also added four tackles, one which went for a loss.
With the award, Ellis — a junior from St. Gabriel, La. — will also be added to the Bronko Nagurski Trophy watch list. The award, presented at the conclusion of each college football season, honors the nation's top defensive player.