Austin College linebacker Jackson Townsend has been named the Southern Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week following a standout performance on Saturday, the league office has announced.


Townsend, a junior from Richardson, set the tone early in a 34-12 victory over Wayland Baptist University. Townsend intercepted a pass on WBU’s first possession and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown, and later added a second interception. He also made six tackles, including one for a loss, and came away with a pass breakup as well.