Amato Named Defensive Player of the Week

Alessio Amato (Photo by Zoie Fisher)
Alessio Amato (Photo by Zoie Fisher)


COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio Dominican football senior Alessio Amato  (Zanesville, Ohio) has been named National Defensive Player of the Week.

Amato was one of four players nationally to be recognized by this week, and was one of two defensive players to receive the honor. The senior is the first Panther to pick up a national weekly award since Brandon Schoen was named Offensive Player of the Week in 2012, after rushing for a school-record 298 yards against top-five ranked Grand Valley State.

Amato, who was earlier tabbed Great Midwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, tied a school and conference record with three interceptions in ODU's 56-10 win at Alderson Broaddus. He returned his three picks for a conference-record 98 yards, which included a 44-yard touchdown.

To go along with his pass coverage, Amato also set new career-high marks in tackles, eight, and tackles for loss, 2.0. The Panther defense allowed a season-low 332 yards, while setting a new high in takeaways with five.

For the season, Amato has 33 stops, 6.6 per game, as well as four interceptions, four pass break ups, 3.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. The senior ranks third in the country in interceptions this fall, while his nine career picks rank third all-time at Ohio Dominican. He is also one of just three players in school history to have two games with multiple interceptions.

The Panthers, who are off this weekend, will return to action at 1 p.m. CDT, Saturday, Oct. 19, at Kentucky Wesleyan.

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