Briean Boddy-Calhoun intercepted Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill Sunday and returned it 27 yards for a touchdown to give Cleveland an early 10-7 lead.
The former Gophers standout cornerback is the first player in Browns history to have a pick six in his first career NFL game. On Tuesday, he was nominated for NFL Rookie of the Week.
Calhoun had been inactive the first two weeks of the NFL season after Cleveland gave him a second chance just a week before the season. The 23-year-old from Delaware went undrafted last summer, but was signed by Jacksonville, then released after the preseason.
Now Boddy-Calhoun is showing Cleveland they made the right move picking him up. He finished with four tackles, one pass defended and the interception. He also gave up a touchdown in the first quarter of the Browns' 30-24 overtime loss, but feels he made up for it.
“That is the way to do it,” Boddy-Calhoun told ClevelandBrowns.com. “But more important, I got welcomed first with a touchdown on me. So in my mind when you get a play made on you, you have to find a way to make it up. You got to find a way to even it out and get a plus one, so that’s what I tried to do.”
Boddy-Calhoun showed off his speed and moves by cutting across the field and beating multiple defenders to find his way into the end zone.
“It bothers me when DBs go down immediately,” he said. “When we get the ball in our hands, we’ve got to turn into running backs, receivers, quarterbacks, offensive players and try to get in that box.”
He finished his Gophers career with 10 interceptions and returned two for touchdowns over three seasons. Check out his first NFL pick six in the below highlight.
Former NDSU star Carson Wentz was also nominated for Rookie of the Week honors for the third time this season.