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Texas S DeShon Elliott earns Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors

The Kraken and his impressive play on the field on Thursday led to more Big 12 recognition.

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With another two-interception performance, along with six total tackles and a pass break up, it comes to no surprise that Texas Longhorns junior safety DeShon Elliott was rewarded for his strong performance.

He is playing at a very high level of football and is quickly emerging as one of the premier safeties in college football. As a result, the first-year starter earned Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks (Texas was coming off a bye week).

On top of the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week recognition, Elliott was tied for the top-rated defensive player in the whole Big 12 for the week, according to Pro Football Focus. Coming off an 85.7 PFF grade against USC, he earned an 88.3 PFF grade against Iowa State. Fellow teammate Holton Hill was the second highest-rated cornerback for the week with an 83.8 PFF grade.

Elliott will go for the Triple Crown in his attempt to earn Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for his third straight game against Kansas State this Saturday.