Release from the Big South Conference:
Liberty running back Todd Macon (St. Petersburg, Fla.) has been named the Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Flames’ safety Solomon McGinty (Navasota, Texas) has been selected as the Defensive Player of the Week for games played the second week of the regular season. Monmouth safety Mike Basile (Brick, N.J.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Hawks’ quarterback Kenji Bahar (Baltimore, Md.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
Macon rushed for a career-high 128 yards and a touchdown in the Flames’ home-opening victory over Jacksonville. He added three receptions for 49 yards to finish with 177 all-purpose yards on the evening. Macon averaged 8.0 yards per carry and was responsible for six first downs (five rushing). He gained 44 of Liberty’s 81 yards on the team’s opening touchdown drive, and later rushed 49 yards for a score on LU’s penultimate touchdown of the night.
McGinty tied for the team-high honors with eight tackles (four solo, four assisted) in Liberty’s win over Jacksonville. He added two tackles-for-loss of 14 yards, forced two fumbles and recorded an interception. McGinty’s takeaway stopped a Dolphin drive at the Liberty 37-yard line, and the Flames converted the turnover into a touchdown for a 21-0 second quarter lead.
Basile became the sixth Big South player on record to block two kicks in a game, as he kept four points off the scoreboard in Monmouth’s victory at Delaware State. He first blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt in the second quarter to maintain the Hawks’ 17-0 advantage entering halftime. Basile later got a hand on an extra point attempt on the Hornets’ second touchdown that kept Monmouth ahead by 14.
Bahar came in on two planned series for Monmouth, leading the Hawks to scoring drives on both opportunities. He caught a pass, was 5-of-7 passing for 93 yards and ran for a touchdown on his first career rush. Bahar first caught a 15-yard pass on a QB throwback, and later led MU to a field goal and 10-0 lead in the second quarter. His second drive under center covered 99 yards over 10 plays and culminated with his 8-yard TD run.