Release from the Big South Conference:
Charleston Southern wide receiver Nathan Perera (Orlando, Fla.) and Coastal Carolina quarterback Alex Ross (Alpharetta, Ga.) have been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Chanticleers’ defensive tackle Jabarai Bothwell (Ocala, Fla.) has been selected as the Defensive Player of the Week for games played the 11th week of the regular season. Charleston Southern punter Truett Burns (Clinton, S.C.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Monmouth quarterbackCody Williams (Springfield, Mass.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
Perera caught seven passes for 128 yards and two second-half touchdowns to lift CSU to a 31-24 win over Liberty on Saturday and help the Bucs seize their first outright Big South title. His 15-yard catch-and-run with a dive into the end on 3rd-and-goal late in the third quarter regained the lead for CSU at 24-21. Perera later scored the go-ahead touchdown with 5:16 to play, finding a hole in the middle of the end zone for a 9-yard TD catch. All seven of his receptions went for first downs and he averaged 18.3 yards per catch.
Ross tied the Big South single-game record with five touchdown passes in leading Coastal to a 45-13 win over Kennesaw State. He was 20-of-27 passing ( =74.1 percent) for 262 yards and finished the day with a 216.70 pass efficiency rating. Ross threw TD strikes of 10, 16, 41, 15 and 26 yards as 11 of his completions were for at least 10 yards. In all, 15 of his 20 completions went for first downs against the Big South’s second-leading pass defense.
Bothwell recorded a team-high nine tackles (seven solo, two assisted), 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks and a blocked PAT in Coastal’s victory over Kennesaw State. Three of his tackles forced third down situations, and he had a hand in both of Coastal’s sacks on the day — KSU entered the game leading the nation in fewest sacks allowed at three.
Burns helped the Buccaneers in the field possession game and kept Liberty backed up in its own territory as he averaged 48.0 yards on three punts against the Flames. He flipped the field in the third quarter with a season-long 57-yard punt, and later pinned Liberty had its own 5-yard line with a 44-yard kick in the fourth quarter. The Flames did not return any of Burns’ three punts.
Williams led the Hawks to their third home win of the season and second Big South victory of the year as he threw a pair of touchdowns in Monmouth’s 21-16 win over Presbyterian. He was 15-of-25 passing ( =60.0 percent) for 144 yards, and also rushed seven times for 38. Williams directed the offense to a season-best 8-of-17 on third downs against the Blue Hose, and twice brought the Hawks back from deficits.