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Joey Hudson Named MAC East Defensive Player of the Week

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Sept. 11, 2006

CLEVELAND -- The Mid-American Conference office announced Monday that Miami University sophomore middle linebacker Joey Hudson (Piqua, OH/Piqua) has been named the MAC East Division's Defensive Player of the Week. Hudson earned the honor after playing a key role in Miami's upset bid at Purdue University last Saturday that ended in a 38-31 overtime loss.

Hudson, who was making just his second career start, came up with two interceptions on the afternoon, making him the first RedHawk to pick off two passes in a game since 2003. His first interception came in the redzone with Purdue moving the ball late in the opening quarter. He added a key interception near midfield late in the fourth quarter that helped set Miami up for a potential game-winning field goal attempt that was blocked.

A true sophomore, Hudson is the first Miami player to earn MAC East Player of the Week honors this season and is the first RedHawk to be named Defensive Player of the Week since John Busing earned the honor in September of last season.

Hudson and the RedHawks return home Saturday to host Kent State University in both teams' MAC opener. The game, which is highlighted by Hall of Fame Day and Band Day, kicks off at 2 p.m.