People may have been surprised when Lawrence Guy was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on Wednesday morning. Include the Ravens defensive end in that group.
Guy, who was cited after he blocked Cleveland Browns kicker Patrick Murray's extra-point attempt in the first quarter that led to a 63-yard return for a two-point conversion by rookie cornerback Tavon Young, said he was not informed of the award until after Wednesday practice.
"So it's pretty cool," Guy said. "I'm honored. All of that hard work we put on field goal blocks worked."
Guy, who has blocked four kicks during his six-year career in the NFL, said he blocked three in three seasons at Arizona State. His effort Sunday was critical because Young's return gave the team its first two points of the game after the Browns had sprinted to a 20-0 advantage.
The Ravens went on to score 23 more unanswered points to secure a 25-20 victory.
After the game, quarterback Joe Flacco credited the blocked extra-point attempt with keying the team's comeback. Guy sounded happy to do his part.
"It was a big play," said Guy, a defensive starter who has posted three tackles thus far. "When you get plays like that, that change the momentum, it's a pretty good feeling. It's the same thing when we get an interception or a change of possession on something. It gets the momentum of the team to go."
It wasn't the only blocked kick returned for a score in the NFL last weekend.
After Guy's play, New York Giants defensive tackle Jonathan Hankins blocked a 38-yard field goal attempt by former Ravens and current New Orleans Saints kicker Wil Lutz, and cornerback Janoris Jenkins returned the ball 65 yards for a touchdown in the Giants' 16-13 win.