Oct. 8, 2012
IRVING (CUSA/SMU) - After setting career-highs with 14 tackles and two interceptions, SMU junior linebacker Randall Joyner has been named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week by a panel of the league's media, the league office announced today.
Making the start for an injured teammate, Joyner notched a team and career-high 14 tackles and recorded two interceptions as SMU shutout UTEP in El Paso, 17-0. This was the Mustangs' first win at UTEP since 2002, marked just the second time in 31 seasons that a Mike Price-coached team was shut out and the first time UTEP was blanked at home since 2003. SMU's defense has allowed just three points over the past six quarters and has now posted two shutouts in a season for the first time since 1983. The Mustangs join the 1999 Southern Miss team and the 2011 UCF squad as the only teams in C-USA history to record multiple shutouts in the same season.
Joyner and his Mustang teammates travel to New Orleans this weekend to battle Tulane as SMU looks for its fourth consecutive 2-0 C-USA start. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. CT.