SUWANEE, Ga - John Ortega of Centre College has been named the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference defensive player of the week for his efforts in Centre's 21-16 win over Sewanee last Saturday.
Ortega, a senior safety from Prestonsburg, recorded 15 tackles, including two tackles for losses, as the Centre defense held Sewanee to 197 yards of total offense.
Ortega leads the SCAC in total tackles with 60 and is second in the league in tackles per game (12.0). He also has three tackles for losses, one sack, and an interception.
"John is one of the hardest hitters I have ever coached," Centre coach Andy Frye said. "He can really close on a play, and he's worked extremely hard in the off-season to become a better player. He's playing like an All-American."