CLEVELAND – Ball State football defensive end Anthony Winbush was named the Mid-American Conference West Defensive Player of the Week following his career game in Saturday’s season opener at Illinois.
Winbush, a native of Indianapolis, posted personal highs in sacks (3.0) and tackles (seven) in the 24-21 defeat at Illinois. Two of his sacks came on back-to-back plays in the third quarter that forced Illinois out of field goal range. The senior was part of a Ball State defense that held Illinois to 216 yards of total offense, almost 100 yards below its 2016 average. Winbush’s three sacks were the most by any player in the nation this past weekend.
Eastern Michigan running back Ian Eriksen (Offensive) and Western Michigan kick returner Darius Phillips (Special Teams) were the other MAC West Player of the Week honorees.
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