Big_south_conference_logoRelease from the Big South Conference:

Monmouth running back Lavon Chaney (Edgewater, Md.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina defensive tackle Jabarai Bothwell (Ocala, Fla.) has been selected as the Defensive Player of the Week for games played the eighth week of the regular season.  Coastal Carolina kicker Ryan Granger (North Charleston, S.C.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Charleston Southern linebacker Solomon Brown (Central, S.C.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.

Chaney compiled 228 all-purpose yards and all three Monmouth touchdowns in the Hawks’ near upset of top-ranked Coastal Carolina.  He scored on runs of three and 21 yards while catching a 17-yard touchdown in the second quarter.  Chaney finished with career highs of 24 carries and 196 rushing yards for an impressive 8.2 yards per carry, and had runs of 15, 17,18, 19, 20, 21, 39 and 41 yards during the contest.  He also caught three passes for 32 yards.

Bothwell tallied nine tackles, including a season-high six solo stops, plus a game-high three tackles-for-loss for seven yards at Monmouth.  He recorded five of his tackles in the second half, including two behind the line, and was part of a Chanticleer defense that stopped three fourth down attempts in the final 30 minutes.

Granger’s 30-yard game-winning field goal as time expired was part of an 11-point day during Coastal’s 23-20 win at Monmouth.  He made 3-of-3 field goals, hitting from 30, 32 and 30 yards, as well as 2-of-2 on PATs.  Granger gave CCU its first lead of the day at 3-0 in the first quarter, and his 32-yarder in the third quarter extended Coastal’s lead to 20-13.

Brown finished with seven tackles, one-half tackle-for-loss, one quarterback hurry, and a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown in Charleston Southern’s 34-0 win at Gardner-Webb.  He was part of a defense that had nine tackles-for-loss and held GWU to 110 offensive yards — a school record against an FCS opponent.


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