Three weeks, two awards for Arizona’s defensive line.

On Monday, the Pac-12 conference announced that Arizona defensive end Hunter Echols has been named the co-recipient of the league’s Defensive Lineman of the Week. Echols shares the award for Week 3 with Oregon’s Brandon Dorlus. He’s also the second Wildcat defensive lineman to take home the honor so far this year; Jalen Harris earned the distinction for his role in the UA’s Week 1 win over San Diego State.

Over the weekend, the Wildcats upended what was the No. 1 team in FCS football in North Dakota State. A key moment in the 31-28 victory was Echols’ forced fumble on a sack of Bison quarterback Cam Miller.

NDSU was driving into Arizona territory at the 17-yard line in the second quarter before things came to a halt when Echols beat his blocker to the quarterback on second-and-5 and forced a fumble for the first time in his career.

Arizona recovered, then marched 83 yards in 10 plays to score a touchdown and take a 14-7 lead. A potential 14-point swing in a game decided by three points. After the game, coach Jedd Fisch said he felt it was a major moment.

Echols finished with eight tackles and two tackles for loss as well as the sack and forced fumble. The two TFLs were a career-high.

The transfer from USC has produced 19, 4.5 TFLs, and two sacks so far this season for Arizona. Before coming over to Tucson this offseason, Echols had 50 career tackles and four TFLs through 38 career appearances.

He and the Wildcats (2-1) are back in action at California (2-1) on Saturday, Sept. 24. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Network.