Release from Big South Conference:
Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross (Alpharetta, Ga.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Charleston Southern defensive end Anthony Ellis (Apopka, Fla.) has been selected as the Defensive Player of the Week for games played the 10th week of the regular season. Charleston Southern kick returner Darius Hammond (Johnson, S.C.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Kennesaw State safety Taylor Henkle (Marietta, Ga.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
Ross passed for 209 yards and two touchdowns and finished with 229 yards of offense and a 225.98 passing efficiency in the Chanticleers’ 46-0 win over Gardner-Webb. He was 14-of-16 passing ( =87.5 percent) and completed his last 10 passes of the day for 141 yards and two scores. Ross averaged 14.93 yards per completion and nearly 10 yards per play against the Runnin’ Bulldogs. He finished 12-of-13 passing for 181 yards leading Coastal’s first five scoring drives as he played through the second series of the third quarter.
Ellis registered five solo tackles — including four behind the line of scrimmage for loss of 20 yards, as well as one sack, one forced fumble, a blocked PAT and a 61-yard fumble return for a touchdown in Charleston Southern’s 28-14 win at Kennesaw State. His fumble return TD was part of 21 unanswered points by the Bucs in the first half as CSU seized control of the game. Ellis helped the Bucs hold the Owls to a season-low 113 rushing yards — 209 yards below their season average.
Hammond returned five kicks (three punts, two kickoffs) for 146 yards ( =29.2 return average) to provide Charleston Southern with great field possession against Kennesaw State. He averaged 39.5 yards on his kickoff returns and 22.3 yards on his punt returns. Hammond’s 53-yard punt return in the first quarter set-up the Bucs’ first score of the game. He also had a 56-yard kickoff return to become the first Big South player since 2012 with a 50-yard punt return and 50-yard kickoff return in the same game.
Henkle recorded 10 tackles — a solo — with two interceptions against Charleston Southern. He tied for the team-lead in tackles and recorded an interception for the second straight game. Henkle’s second interception of the day ended a CSU drive in the red zone, and the Owls capitalized on the ensuring drive with a touchdown.