Sean Grady Named PFL Player of the Week

Defensive back Sean Grady

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Butler defensive back Sean Grady, who turned in a career-best performance in the Bulldogs’ season-opening football game at Western Illinois, has been named Pioneer Football League Defensive Player of the Week.  He was one of three players honored with the league’s weekly award.

Grady shared Butler’s lead in tackles at Western Illinois, finishing with a career-high 15 stops in the Bulldogs’ 23-15 setback at Western Illinois.  His career-best 10 solo tackles in the game, which was more than a third of Butler’s entire team total, were the most in the NCAA Division I FCS in the opening week.  And his 15 total tackles tied teammate Bryce Barry for the fifth-highest total in the FCS.  Grady’s previous career-high for total tackles was 11 at Indiana State a year ago.

The junior from Geneva, Ill., also came up with his fourth career pass interception in the game, leading to Butler’s final touchdown.  He picked off a Western Illinois pass at the Butler 35-yard line, which ignited a 65-yard scoring drive by the Bulldogs in the fourth quarter.

Also earning PFL recognition for performance during the opening week were quarterback Zach Lewis of Morehead State, who was named Offensive Player of the Week, and return specialist Gary Hunter of Dayton, who was tabbed Special Teams Player of the Week.

Butler will play its 2012 home opener against Franklin on Saturday, Sept. 8.  That game at the Butler Bowl will start at 6 p.m. (ET).