Former Ooltewah High standout T.J. Warren has been named Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Furman's 24-17 road victory over The Citadel on Saturday.
Making his first collegiate start, Warren, a 6'2" redshirt freshman, headlined a Furman defense that proved to be the difference maker in the win, registering seven tackles, including three for losses totaling 16 yards, and a sack. His strong play helped Furman limit The Citadel, ranked fourth in FCS in rushing (318.0 ypg), to just 132 yards on the ground, a scant week after the Bulldogs rushed for 453 yards vs. FBS foe Old Dominion.
Warren and the Paladin defense were especially effective against Bulldog quarterback Ben Dupree, the reigning Sports Network National POW (149 yds. rushing, 5 TDs vs. Old Dominion), limiting the senior signal caller to minus two yards on nine carries.