SAN FRANCISCO – UCLA senior linebacker Eric Kendricks was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday.
The award comes on the heels of being named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week on Sunday. The Pac-12 honor is the third of his career.
Kendricks, a senior from Fresno, Calif., totaled a game-high 16 tackles, one shy of his career high in UCLA's 28-20 win at Virginia. He added a forced fumble which led to a 75-yard scoring return for a touchdown and, on Virginia's next possession, an interception which he returned 37-yards for a touchdown and resulted in the Bruins taking a 21-3 lead.
The turnovers were part of a three turnover-returns second quarter which produced a trio of touchdowns for the first time at UCLA since a 1986 game at Oregon State. Kendricks, who was very active in the first half, recorded seven of his tackles in that second quarter. In the second half, two of his stops came on Virginia third down plays.
UCLA will hold its home opener on Saturday, Sept. 6 against Memphis. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. from the Rose Bowl and air on the Pac-12 Networks.