Football isn't always about measurements. The best players aren't always the biggest or the fastest. Sometimes those who excel are those who will it to happen.

Last Thursday, in UCF's 31-24 overtime win against BYU, in the wake of his uncle's passing from Leukemia the day before, senior linebacker Terrance Plummer rode his emotions to the best game of his career. On Tuesday, Plummer was rewarded for his efforts by being named the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week.

In the game, Plummer had a career high 17 tackles, 4.5 of which were for a loss, to go along with a sack, a pass broken up and a forced fumble which he also recovered.

Plummer was definitely the defensive leader in the game, making tackles on each of BYU's first three drives. He also had a sack on third down with UCF trailing by a touchdown. This forced a BYU punt, and the offense tied it up on the ensuing drive.

This is the second time in his career that Plummer has won the award, with the first being last year in a win at Memphis during which he had two interceptions.

On the season, Plummer leads UCF with 53 tackles. He'll look to add even more to that total when UCF takes on Tulane Saturday at noon in their first conference matchup of the year.

Plummer racked up a total of six awards for his performance against BYU. Of those, he was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Plummer joined teammates Justin Holman, who was named AAC Offensive Player of the Week, and J.J. Worton, who was named AAC Special Teams Player of the Week, in this week's conference honors.