MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Central Michigan's Tony Annese was named the Mid-American Conference West Division Defensive Player of the Week.
Annese, a sophomore safety from Hartland, Mich., led a Chippewa defense that limited Chattanooga to 29 total yards in the second half of a 20-16 season-opening victory last week.
Annese made two interceptions and two tackles. His first interception came on the second play of the game, the second with under two minutes remaining to seal the win.
The CMU defense shut out the Mocs in the second half. In four career starts, Annese has four interceptions, and he is the first Chippewa player since Jahleel Addae in 2011 to make two interceptions in a game.
He also earned this honor last season after CMU’s victory over Western Michigan.