Craig Bailey Picks His Way To NWC Football Defensive Award
FOREST GROVE – A pair of key interceptions that led to touchdowns in Pacific's 20-10 win over Adrian on Friday has earned cornerback Craig Bailey (Sr., Fairfield, Calif.) selection as the Northwest Conference's Football Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week. The award, selected by the conference's sports information directors, was announced on Monday afternoon.
Bailey started the Boxers off on the right foot against the defending Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champions, picking off quarterback Drew Collins on the second play of the game. The interception led five plays later to a Pacific touchdown that gave the Boxers an early 6-0 lead.
Bailey repeated the feat with 4:30 left in the second quarter, picking off Collins at the Adrian 42-yard line. That set up a six-play, 42-yard drive for the go-ahead touchdown that put Pacific ahead 13-7. In addition to his two interceptions, Bailey earned credit for three tackles.
"Craig has continued to develop into a very productive defensive back for our football program and we look forward to a big senior season from him," said Pacific head coach Keith Buckley.
The start at Adrian was Bailey's 22nd consecutive start dating back to the 2010 season. An Honorable Mention All-NWC selection in 2011, Bailey finished for the Boxers in 2012 with 30 tackles. The two picks against the Bulldogs doubled his Pacific career total.
Pacific returns home to Forest Grove for their season opener on Saturday night, hosting Occidental at Lincoln Park Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.