AUBURN, Ala. -- Starting in his first-career game at a brand new position wasn’t a problem for Robenson Therezie.
Therezie is Auburn's first SEC Defensive POW since 2011.
In fact, the Auburn junior thrived earning SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance in a 31-24 win over Washington State.
Therezie finished with a career-high seven tackles and two interceptions against the Cougars playing the hybrid Star position in Ellis Johnson’s new 4-2-5 alignment.
Therezie returned his first quarter interception off WSU quarterback Connor Halliday 24 yards to the Cougars’ 28-yard line setting up the Tigers first touchdown.
Therezie’s second interception in the endzone came late in the fourth quarter and stopped an 11-play WSU drive.
“He played really good,” Auburn coach Gus Malzahn said after the game. “He played a lot of snaps out there and he was tired but he found a way, especially with that one in the endzone late, it was one of the critical plays of the game.”
Therezie is the first Auburn player to record two interceptions in a game since linebacker Josh Bynes in 2010 against Arkansas.
Auburn had a total of three interceptions in the game, surpassing the team total of two last season.
Therezie is the first Auburn player to earn Defensive Player of the Week honors since Corey Lemonier against Florida in 2011.
The SEC honored five other players following the first weekend of action. Georgia running back Todd Gurley was named Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for 154 yards and two touchdowns on 12 carries in a 38-35 loss at Clemson.
Alabama wide receiver Christion Jones earned Special Teams honors after totaling 256 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns. He returned a punt and kickoff for touchdowns and also had a 38-yard TD reception.
Arkansas’ Trey Flowers was named Defensive Lineman of the Week, LSU’s La’el Collins was Offensive Lineman of the Week and Ole Miss wide receiver Laquon Treadwell was named Freshman of the Week.
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