GREENSBORO, N.C. – One day after being named The Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, Maryland junior defensive back A.J. Hendy earned Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Back of the Week honors, the league announced on Monday.
The native of Bowie, Md., recovered two fumbles and returned an interception 28 yards for Maryland’s second touchdown in the Terps’ 37-0 victory over West Virginia on Satuday.
Hendy spearheaded a defensive effort that held West Virginia scoreless for the first time since 2001 and the Terps’ first shutout of the Mountaineers since defeating them 33-0 on Sept. 18, 1999. Hendy and the Maryland defense held WVU to 175 yards of total offense and forced six turnovers.
For Hendy, the interception was the second of his career. His previous interception was also returned for a touchdown, 32 yards against NC State on Nov. 26, 2011.
It is the third consecutive week a Maryland player has been honored by the ACC. Following Maryland’s 47-10 win over Old Dominion, Stefon Diggs was named ACC Receiver of the Week, while Dexter McDougle and Marcus Whitfield earned ACC Defensive Back of the Week honors and ACC Linebacker of the Week honors, respectively, after the Terps defeated Connecticut.