GREEN BAY (WAOW) - Packers punter Tim Masthay has been named the NFC's Defensive Player of the Week.
Masthay punted eight times, placing five inside his opponent's 20-yard line, for a gross average of 44.0 yards and a career-best 41.5-yard net average in Green Bay's 9-0 win at the New York Jets. With five punts dropped inside the 20, Masthay tied a single-game franchise record (stat kept since 1976), tying David Beverly, who accomplished the feat on October 8, 1978 against Chicago. The Jets did not register any punt-return yardage, and their best starting field position following a punt was their own 23-yard line.
In his first season from Kentucky, this is Masthay's first career Player of the Week Award. He is the second punter in franchise history to win NFC Special Teams Player of the Week, joining Craig Hentrich (Week 11, 1994).
Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams, who intercepted a pass, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and registered five tackles, was a nominee for the defensive honor. Tampa Bay cornerback Aqib Talib won that award this week.
Courtesy: Packers Press Release