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Kim Royston Named Big Ten Defensive Player Of The Week

For the first time in two years the Golden Gophers have a Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. Defensive back Kim Royston had a solid game on Saturday as Minnesota ended its season with a 27-7 win over Illinois. He shares this week's conference honor with Lavonte David of Nebraska.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Kim Royston, Minnesota

Sr., DB, Minneapolis, Minn./Cretin-Derham Hall

·         Recorded 13 tackles, the eighth time this year he finished a game with 10 or more stops, in Minnesota’s victory over Illinois

·         Added his first sack on the final play of his career, and had a pass breakup in the game

·         Had 11 tackles in the second half to finish the season with 123 stops, the most by a Gopher since 2001

·         Records his first career Defensive Player of the Week honor

·         Last Minnesota Defensive Player of the Week: Garrett Brown (Nov. 1, 2009)

Royston's honor came in his final career game, as the senior will graduate later this academic year.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.