Ivy Interceptions Leader CJ Wall Claims Second Rookie Of The Week Honor
Freshman CJ Wall, who stepped in front of a Georgetown pass Saturday afternoon and returned it 38 yards for a touchdown, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, it was announced Monday by the Ivy League. It is the second time he has won the award through the first four weeks of the season.
Wall took over the Ivy League lead in both interceptions (three) and passes defended (6) during the 50-30 win, and he scored his first collegiate score with just under 10 minutes remaining in the second quarter. Hoya quarterback Chad Norris tried to hit top receiver Michael DeReus on a quick post when Wall jumped the route, broke a tackle and sprinted the final 20 yards for a touchdown.
Wall, who also earned the Rookie of the Week honor after recording a game-clinching interception in the season opener against San Diego, ranks eighth in the NCAA in interceptions per game, and he is 15th in passes defended. He has made a major impact on a Tiger defense that currently uses nine different starters from the 2016 team; Wall is fifth on the team with 21 tackles, and he also has a forced fumble and a fumble recovery on the season.
Wall is the first Princeton player to win the Rookie of the Week honor multiple times since 2012, when another rookie cornerback began turning heads in the Ivy League. Anthony Gaffney won the award following Weeks 3 and 5 of the 2012 Princeton season.
The previous season, Chuck Dibilio earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors six times.
Princeton returns to Ivy League play Saturday in Providence when it takes on Brown at 12:30 pm on the Ivy League Network.