NASHVILLE --- Vincent Sellers has been named STATS Freshman National Player of the Week. The safety tied an NCAA record with two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a game.
Tennessee State picked off four passes in its 45-21 victory at Eastern Kentucky and returned three for scores. One play after the Tigers took a 24-21 lead with a little over six minutes remaining in the game, Sellers stepped in front of a pass and covered 34 yards, evading several Colonels as he crossed the goal line.
Three minutes later the true freshman from Sarasota, Fla. secured his second pick and dashed 44 yards untouched giving the Tigers a 38-31 lead. Terrell Bonds closed out the scoring four plays later with his 36 yard pick-six.
Sellers finished with eight tackles and seven solo, matching teammate Blair Edwards for team highs. Sellers added a pass breakup to his evening.
The newcomer became the 29th player in Football Championship Subdivision history to record two interceptions returned for touchdowns in a contest.
Sellers was named Honorable Mention STATS FCS Freshman Player of the Week for his performance at Georgia State in the Tigers season opening win. Sellers finished with 10 tackles, seven solo, and a tackle for loss in his collegiate debut against the Panthers.
Sellers is the second member of the Big Blue to earn National honors. Chris Collins earned STATS Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 4 for his showing at Georgia State.