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Huskies LB Shaq Thompson wins Pac-12 defensive player of the week

For the second time this season, Huskies linebacker Shaq Thompson was named Pac-12 defensive player of the week.

Thompson led UW with 11 tackles and returned a fumble 100 yards for a touchdown during the Huskies' 31-7 victory over California on Saturday. He won the same award earlier this season after scoring two defensive touchdowns -- a fumble return and an interception return -- in UW's 44-19 victory over Illinois on Sept. 13.

Thompson has scored five touchdowns this season -- one rushing, one interception return, and three fumble returns. The Huskies lead the nation in turnover margin at plus-14 (15-to-1).