Nose for the Football
Sept. 28, 1996 - A week earlier, linebacker Pat Tillman had been a relatively stationary figure in Arizona State's defense, stuck with eyeballing Nebraska's pitch play to star running back Ahman Green in a 19-0 Sun Devils' upset of the nation's top-ranked team.
But today against Oregon, also at Tempe, Tillman was free to roam and the junior played all over the field. He was in on 12 tackles (five solo), two for losses, and recovered a fumble on a fourth-down play. He made his first career interception, recovered an onside kick in the fourth quarter and had a 15-yard sack late in the game that clinched sixth-ranked Arizona State's 48-27 victory.
"Pat is very athletic, very smart and recognizes what offensive people are trying to do to him," coach Bruce Snyder said. "He likes open spaces so he can interpret different routes."
Tillman was chosen as the Pac-10's defensive player of the week as Arizona State went 4-0 for the first time in 14 years.
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