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Pickoff returns earn Duke's Wright ACC defensive honor

Posted by on Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 8:46 PM

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Leon Wright won a very unsurprising honor today.

The Duke senior cornerback, who returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the final two minutes of the Blue Devils' 35-19 win over Army on Saturday, is the ACC's defensive back of the week.

Wright, who returned back-to-back passes for 51 and 33 yards and a 35-13 lead, Wright became the first player in Duke history to return two pickoffs for touchdowns in one game. He also had four tackles, one fumble recovery and one pass breakup in the win.

Wright also was named the National Defensive Performer of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.

The ACC's other honorees this week were Wake Forest's Riley Skinner (offensive back), Florida State's Caz Piurowski (offensive lineman), Georgia Tech's Derrick Morgan (defensive lineman), Georgia Tech's Scott Blair (specialist) and Clemson's Kyle Parker (rookie).

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