Arizona Wildcats football: Bondurant named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week

2013-09-02T12:38:00Z 2013-09-03T11:51:26Z Arizona Wildcats football: Bondurant named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the WeekDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
September 02, 2013 12:38 pm  • 

Arizona Wildcats safety Tra’Mayne Bondurant was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week today by the league.

Bondurant, a junior from Vallejo, Calif., started off his 2013 season in style on Friday night in the UA's 35-0 win over NAU.

The safety had two interceptions—returning one for a touchdown—and tied for the team lead with seven tackles, including one for a loss.

Bondurant’s first interception came on the first play of the second half. Freshman linebacker Scooby Wright tipped NAU quarterback Kyren Poe’s pass and Bondurant picked it off and returned it 23 yards for a touchdown.

He picked off Poe later in the quarter to secure his first career multi-interception game.

Bondurant played in 12 of the UA's 13 games as a sophomore and had 74 tackles and two picks.

Wildcats running back Daniel Jenkins was nominated for the Offensive Player of the Week, but that went to Colorado receiver Paul Richardson. Richardson caught 10 passes for 208 yards and a touchdown in Colorado’s win over Colorado State on Sunday.

Cal kicker Vincenzo D’Amato was named the Special Teams Player of the Week.

To read more on Bondurant, check out this feature that ran in Sunday’s Star.

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Daniel Berk began covering UA football in 2013 after spending two-plus years as the Star's high school sports coordinator. Previously, he served as the sports editor and NAU beat writer for the Arizona Daily Sun in Flagstaff for three years.

A University of Kansas graduate and St. Louis native, Berk is still getting used to 350 days of sunshine, the relentless "dry heat" of the summer and the fact that Tucson doesn't have a real hockey rink.

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