Panthers DB Brookins gets pair of MVFC accolades

CEDAR FALLS — Northern Iowa senior Keelon Brookins claimed the Missouri Valley Football Conference Defensive and Newcomer Player of the Week awards a day after the Panthers’ 34-29 upset of No. 6 South Dakota.

Brookins put the Panthers up 34-23 with 2:23 remaining after taking an interception back 29 yards for a touchdown. Both the interception and touchdown were career-firsts for Brookins as the senior defensive back finished the game with six tackles and two pass breakups to go along with his crucial interception.

Brookins becomes the fourth Panther to win a weekly MVFC award on the defensive side of the ball.