ESPN released its "Midseason All-American Team" Tuesday afternoon, and Louisville's Calvin Pryor was honored by being one of the team's two safeties.
Calvin Pryor, Louisville
Pryor, a junior from Port St. Joe, Fla., hails from Florida's "Forgotten Coast." But opposing quarterbacks can't forget about him in No. 8 Louisville's secondary. He has 36 tackles, 3½ tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 3 pass breakups, 5 passes defended, 1 fumble recovery and 2 forced fumbles. His physical style and big plays have helped the Cardinals lead FBS schools in scoring defense (7.3 points) and rank No. 2 in total defense (229.5 yards). Louisville has been especially good in red zone defense, allowing opponents to score only 57.1 percent of the time.
No other Cardinals were featured on the team.
A two-time AAC Defensive Player of the Week already, Pryor is coming off a game against Rutgers in which he notched a game-high 14 tackles and pulled down his second interception of the season.
For those wondering but terrified of clicking on links, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota beat out young Theodore Bridgewater in the eyes of ESPN. Mariota was also named college football's midseason MVP.