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Henley’s 3-sack performance garners conference award

| September 20, 2022 2:50 PM

SAN FRANCISCO – Cougar linebacker Daiyan Henley was named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday, following a career performance against Colorado State on Saturday.

In the 38-7 win over the Rams, the graduate transfer from Nevada made a career-high in tackles (13)and sacks (3). Henley also forced two fumbles in the win.

Henley’s three sacks were the most by a Cougar in a game since Hercules Mata’afa’s three sacks against Utah in 2017, the same season where Mata’afa was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. The three sacks are also the most by a Pac-12 player in a game this season, and Saturday’s performance boosted Henley to the Pac-12’s leader in sacks so far this season.

According to Pro Football Focus College, Henley recorded the second-highest linebacker grade in the country last week and was the highest-graded defensive player in the Pac-12.

Through the first three games of the 2022 campaign, Henley has the fourth-most tackles in the Pac-12 with 30, and a conference-high 7.5 tackles for loss to go along with his four sacks.

Henley joins kick returner Renard Bell and left tackle Jarrett Kingston as Cougars who have earned weekly Pac-12 honors this season.

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