Tramaine Brock was honored on Wednesday morning as the NFC's Defensive player of the Week for his two interception game, including a pick-six against the Houston Texans in Week 5.
The fourth-year cornerback's recognition was the first time a 49ers defensive back had this honor since 2006 when Walt Harris had three interceptions against the Oakland Raiders.
Brock entered his second consecutive start on Sunday night in place of an injured Nnamdi Asomugha at the nickel cornerback position. He previously served this position in 2011 before injuring his hand.
His 18-yard interception returned for touchdown set the tone for the rest of the game by rattling QB Matt Schaub. This pick-six gave Schaub the negative distinction of throwing four consecutive interceptions returned for touchdown in four straight games.
The last game where the 49ers scored off a pick-six was when Ahmad Brooks and Donte Whitner both had one against the New Orleans Saints last year on Nov. 25.
Brock has been underrated in two performances and head coach Jim Harbaugh has been impressed with how he has filled in the role at nickel CB. He expects to continue riding the hot hand for games coming ahead.
“I'm really pleased with the way Tramaine [Brock] is ascending,” Harbaugh said on Monday. “When you play like that you’re going to continue to play. So, I think there’s going to be more opportunity for him.”
The 49ers will host the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday with both teams having a 3-2 record.