Wayne grad Kinnel named Big Ten defensive player of the week
Junior free safety Tyree Kinnel had a career game against Cincinnati on Saturday (Sept. 9) and was rewarded for his efforts with his first career Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week accolade. Kinnel led the Wolverines in tackles for the first time in his career, collecting nine total with a career-high seven solo stops. His pass breakups (two), first-ever sack and tackle for loss (1.0, eight yards) and first interception set new career-best marks in those categories. Kinnel also delivered the first points of his Michigan career by returning his interception 28 yards for a touchdown, putting the Wolverines up by two scores at that point in the game. Kinnel is the first defensive player to win the weekly award for U-M since Jabrill Peppers collected the honor after the Sept. 17, 2016 win over Colorado.