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WSU's Shalom Luani Named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

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Washington State junior safety Shalom Luani has been named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday. Washington State junior safety Shalom Luani has been named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

SAN FRANCISCO – Washington State junior safety Shalom Luani has been named the Pac-12 Conference Defensive Player of the Week, conference commissioner Larry Scott announced Monday.

Luani recorded a game-high 11 tackles, eight solo, with two interceptions and a pass break-up in Washington State’s 52-31 win over Oregon State. Luani’s first interception, late in the fourth quarter, was returned 84 yards for a touchdown, WSU’s only points of the second half and the first pick-six for the Cougars since the 2013 season. He added a second interception on Oregon State’s next possession to seal the victory.

Luani became the fourth Pac-12 player this season with two interceptions in a game and recorded the longest interception for a touchdown in the conference this year. He has three interceptions in his last two games and is now tied for second in the conference.

It is the first defensive player of the week honor for the Cougars since cornerback Damante Horton earned the award in 2013 after recording two interceptions and returning one for a touchdown in the win at USC.

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