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BY TREVOR HORN/thorn@bakersfield.com

Going into the season, it was pretty evident that there were a handful of former local prep standouts that could have huge seasons on the defensive side of the ball in college football.

Over the weekend, those players made the pundits sounds pretty smart.

Kansas State junior and Independence product D.J. Reed was named the Big-12 Conference special teams player of the week.

Reed had 181 return yards, including a 62-yard punt return for a touchdown in the Wildcats’ 55-19 win over Central Arkansas on Saturday. Reed also returned a kickoff  96 yards to the 4-yard line, setting up a touchdown on the opening possession, and also had seven tackles, an interception and a tackle for loss as a defensive back.

Staying in the Big-12, Iowa State senior and Ridgeview graduate Kamari Cotton-Moya returned an interception 22 yards for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Cyclones 42-24 win over Northern Iowa. He also had three tackles on Saturday.

Despite an opening weekend 31-20 loss at Northwestern, Nevada defensive back Asauni Rufus from BHS had himself a day.

The junior safety recorded six tackles and added a tackle for loss, a pass break-up and had forced a fumble.

Frontier graduate B.J. Nard, a senior defensive back at Cal Poly, recorded 10 tackles and had two tackles for loss in the Mustangs’ 34-13 loss to San Jose State. Darren Adjei (Liberty) added five tackles for Cal Poly while Dominic Frasch (Garces, Bakersfield College) had three tackles and forced a fumble.

San Jose State freshman Ricky Leung-Wai (Ridgeview) recorded three tackles in the win.

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Breana Runnels is second on the team with 68 kills in six matches for the Rams (5-1).

The redshirt freshman was the 2015 BVarsity Player of the Year, leading Independence to the Central Section Division II title.

Tehachapi graduate and two-time BVarsity Player of the Year Destiny Julye is in her third year at 8th-ranked Washington. She is tied for fourth on the team in kills and had 11 kills against Cal Poly in a 3-0 win on Saturday.

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