LOS ANGELES — Jackson Caudle was named SCIAC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after a big game against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Homecoming Saturday.
Caudle, a sophomore linebacker and biology major from Tehachapi, was the player of the game on defense for the Tigers, making eight solo tackles for 10 total, including one sack on a fourth down play in the fourth quarter, and two fumble recoveries.
"Jackson is at the heart of our defense," Oxy head coach Rob Cushman said. "He's tough and relentless, with a real nose for the ball. He makes plays regardless of the opponent."
The Tigers fell to first-place CMS 27-7. Oxy's defense looked sharp at various points in the game, usually with Caudle in on the action.
Caudle, who leads Oxy with 34 tackles this season, is one of several talented young defensive players. First year defensive lineman John Gayden has three sacks, sophomore defensive back Raffi Titizian has made 31 tackles, and first years Sam Meinhard and Garrett Pittman have looked outstanding in flashes this year. It's a promising young core, coached by co-defensive coordinators Casey Landry and Ricky Lang, that will continue to be a key part of Oxy's rebuilding process.
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