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Christian Kirksey named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week

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Iowa's outside linebacker finally gets some long-overdue recognition.

Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE

Iowa senior outside linebacker Christian Kirksey has been named Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in Iowa's win over Nebraska Friday. Kirksey recorded eleven tackles, three tackles for loss, a sack and a forced fumble against the Cornhuskers.

Kirksey becomes the third Iowa player to win the Defensive Player of the Week Award in its 10-year history.  Chad Greenway was named Defensive Player of the Week in 2004, and Mike Klinkenborg won the award in 2006.

Iowa's trio of middle linebackers also received a helmet sticker from ESPN's Big Ten blog for Friday's performance. Kirksey, James Morris and Anthony Hitchens combined for seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.

Kirksey recorded 97 tackles this season, including four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. He also forced two fumbles, recovered two fumbles and picked off one pass. He has been a starter for three seasons, and a permanent defensive captain for the last two.