Fairfield. CT – Junior defensive back J.D Roussel (Pawtucket, RI) was named College Football Performance's National Defensive Back of the Week. In addition, defensive linemen Connor Caveney (Fitchburg, MA), Troy Moore (Worcester, MA), and Ray Hodgson (Coral Springs, FL) all earned Honorable Mention accolades for National Defensive Lineman of the Week.
Roussel tied a program record in snagging three interceptions in the Pioneers' 16-0 victory over Bucknell on Saturday night. He became the first pioneer to do it at the Division I level and the first player to do it since 1994. Roussel's first two interceptions ended promising Bucknell drives, while the final pick-off led to SHU kneeling the game away. Sacred Heart is 5-0 for this first time since 2008. Hodgson racked up 2.5 sacks, with Moore adding two more. Hodgson leads the Northeast Conference with 5.5 sacks this season. Caveney recovered a fumble and added 1.5 sacks.
As a whole, the SHU defense forced six turnovers (four interceptions, two fumbles) and racked up seven sacks in the victory over Bucknell. The 16-0 win was the first Sacred Heart shutout since 2002.
Roussel and the Pioneers open Northeast Conference play this week as they play host to the defending NEC Champion, Wagner Seahawks, at Campus Field.