Day: October 3, 2016

BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

Big_south_conference_logoRelease from the Big South:

Monmouth wide receiver Reggie White Jr. (Randallstown, Md.) has been named the Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Liberty defensive end Juwan Wells (Dublin, Ga.) has been selected as the Defensive Player of the Week for games played the fifth week of the regular season.  Monmouth kicker/punter Matt White (Gibsonia, Pa.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Charleston Southern quarterback Shane Bucenell (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) is the Come Ready Nutrition Freshman of the Week.

 

White Jr. caught 10 passes for a career-high 167 yards and two crucial second half touchdowns to rally the Hawks past Fordham in overtime, 42-41.  He tallied six first down catches and had five receptions longer than 10 yards.  White Jr. scored his first TD on a 72-yard pass that cut Fordham’s lead to 27-20 in the third quarter, then tied the game at 27-27 on an 18-yard catch in the fourth stanza.  His biggest play was in overtime as he caught a two-point conversion to give Monmouth the one-point victory on the final play.

 

Wells led the Flames with 12 tackles (seven solo, five assisted) in Liberty’s 41-7 win over Robert Morris.  He tallied 2.5 tackles for loss — two of which were sacks for minus-10 yards, in addition to two quarterback hurries.  Both of his sacks came on third down that forced RMU to punt in the fourth quarter.

 

White registered a season-high 10 points in Monmouth’s overtime win against Fordham.  He made both field goal attempts and all four point-after kicks, and averaged 48.7 yards on his three punts — one of which was a 61-yarder.  Three of White’s kickoffs were touchbacks and the Rams mustered just 29 total yards on the remaining four return opportunities.

 

Bucenell was 9-of-15 passing for 149 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Bucs to a 59-58, double-overtime win at Coastal Carolina.  His second touchdown pass gave CSU its first lead of the night at 23-21 to close out the first half, and threw touchdown passes of 24 and 15 yards in overtime.  Bucenell finished with 162 yards of offense and a 231.44 passing efficiency.

 

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Atlantic Coast Conference Announces Football Players of the Weekacc

ACC_Identity_TM_PMS_WBGThree Clemson student-athletes and two from North Carolina have been recognized as Atlantic Coast Conference Football Players of the Week following their performances in league wins over ranked opponents on Saturday.

Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson was voted the ACC Offensive Back of the Week, and center Jay Guillermo received Offensive Lineman of the Week honors for their play in the fifth-ranked Tigers’ 42-36 win over third-ranked Louisville. Clemson’s Ben Boulware, who tallied a game-high 18 tackles, was recognized as the ACC Linebacker of the Week.

North Carolina senior Ryan Switzer was named the ACC Receiver of the Week for the second consecutive week after making 14 receptions in the Tar Heels’ 37-35 victory at No. 12 Florida State. Placekicker Nick Weiler, who connected on a 54-yard field goal as time expired to lift UNC to the win, earned Specialist of the Week accolades.

Miami’s Trent Harris was named ACC Defensive Linemen of the Week following his play in the Hurricanes’ 35-21 win at Georgia Tech, while Virginia’s Juan Thornhill earned Defensive Back of the Week honors after helping the Cavaliers to a 34-20 road win at Duke. Georgia Tech freshman running back Dedrick Mills was named the ACC Rookie of the Week.

 

OFFENSIVE BACK – Deshaun Watson, Clemson, Jr., QB, 6-3, 215, Gainesville, Ga.

Watson completed 20-of-31 passes for 306 yards and five touchdowns to lead Clemson to a 42-36 win over No. 3 Louisville.   He added 14 rushes for 91 yards for 397 yards of total offense.  Watson became just the second FBS player to have at least 300 yards passing, five touchdown passes and 90 yards rushing against a top 25 team over the last four years (the other was former Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd against Ohio State in the 2014 Orange Bowl).

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN – Jay Guillermo, Clemson  Sr.-r, C, 6-3, 310, Maryville, Tenn.

Guillermo played all 62 offensive plays and graded 91 percent for the Tigers in the win over Louisville.  He had three knockdown blocks and did not allow a sack.  Guillermo made all the line calls and did not have a bad snap.  He had a key block on Wayne Gallman’s 24-yard touchdown run that put Clemson up 14-7 in the second period.  Guillermo was a big reason Clemson ran for 201 yards against a Louisville team that had allowed just 122 yards and 3.1 yards per rush entering the game.

RECEIVER – Ryan Switzer, North Carolina, Sr., WR, 5-10, 185, Charleston, W. Va.

Switzer made 14 receptions for 158 yards in the 37-35 win at No. 12 Florida State.  He has 30 catches over the last two weeks (16 last week vs. Pitt), which is an ACC record for most receptions in back-to-back games.  It was his third consecutive game with more than 100 yards receiving and marked the eighth time he topped the century mark in his career.

DEFENSIVE LINE – Trent Harris, Miami, Jr, DL, 6-2, 250, Winter Park, Fla.

Harris did a little bit of everything for the Hurricanes in their 35-21 victory over Georgia Tech as he tied a career high with 7.0 tackles, while his 6.0 solo tackles were a career high. Harris also posted career-high totals in sacks (2.0) and tackles for loss (3.0). In addition, Harris’ first career forced fumble led to a scoop and score by linebacker Shaquille Quarterman.

LINEBACKER – Ben Boulware, Clemson, Sr., WLB, 6-0, 235, Anderson, S.C.

Boulware had a career high 18 tackles to lead the Clemson defense in the win over Louisville. The senior had three tackles for loss, including a sack, recovered a fumble and deflected a pass in the solid all-around effort. Eight of Boulware’s tackles were solo stops.

DEFENSIVE BACK – Juan Thornhill, Virginia, So., CB, 6-1, 190, Altavista, Va.

Thornhill had two interceptions to help Virginia to a 34-20 win at Duke. He also had four tackles and broke up another pass. Thornhill was part of a defensive unit that forced six turnovers and tied the school record with five interceptions.

SPECIALIST – Nick Weiler, North Carolina, Sr., PK, 6-0, 190, Fairfax Station, Va.

Weiler booted a career-long 54-yard field goal as time expired to lift North Carolina to a 37-35 win at No. 12 Florida State.  Weiler’s 54-yard field goal equaled the second-longest in UNC history and gave the Tar Heels a win over their highest ranked opponent since knocking off No. 12 Miami in 2009.  It marked the highest ranked team North Carolina had beaten on the road since a win at No. 9 Syracuse in 1996.

ROOKIE – Dedrick Mills, Georgia Tech, Fr., RB, 5-10, 217, Waycross, Ga.

Mills set career highs with 99 rushing yards, 108 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in Georgia Tech’s 35-21 loss to No. 14 Miami. Mills averaged 5.2 yards rushing on 19 carries and scored all three of Georgia Tech’s touchdowns on a seven-yard run, a nine-yard reception and a one-yard run. He now ranks third nationally among all freshmen, averaging 75.0 rushing yards per game and his seven rushing touchdowns leads all first-year players.

SEC Announces Football Players of the Week

Release from the SEC:

OFFENSE
Derrius Guice, RB, LSU

  • Subbing for an injured Leonard Fournette, rushed for a career-best 163 yards and 3 TDs on 17 carries in LSU’s 42-7 win over Missouri.
  • Averaged 9.6 yards per carry … Scored on runs of 42, 4, and 37 yards, all in the first half as the Tigers built a 21-0 lead at halftime.
  • Also caught a pass for a 21-yard gain … Was the second 100-yard rushing game of the season for Guice and LSU has won both of those games.
  • For the game, the Tigers racked up 418 rushing yards and 634 total yards, the most ever by an LSU team in a Southeastern Conference game.

DEFENSE
Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee

  • For the second-straight week, Barnett’s standout play in the second half helped Tennessee seize control of the game en route to a comeback victory. He finished with five tackles, 2.0 sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble in the end zone that resulted in a defensive touchdown.
  • Barnett now has 24 career sacks and leaped Todd Kelly Sr. (22.5 from 1989-92) for fifth-most in Tennessee history.
  • Barnett now ranks second among all active FBS players with 24.0 career sacks. • He also has 41.5 career tackles for a loss, leaping Dale Jones (39.5 from 1983-86) and Eric Westmoreland (40.0 in 1996, 1998-00) to move into third-place on UT’s all-time list.
  • Both of Barnett’s sacks came at key moments. Georgia’s opening drive of the third quarter halted at midfield when Barnett broke through the offensive line for a nine-yard sack. With 2:56 remaining in the game and the Vols down 24-21, Barnett sacked Jacob Eason on 2nd-and-11 in the UGA end zone and stripped the ball, which was recovered a split second later by teammate Corey Vereen to give the Vols their first lead of the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS
Dan Skipper, OL, Arkansas

  • Blocked his second field of the season and the seventh of his career on a 41-yard attempt in the fourth quarter.
  • His seven blocks are just two off the NCAA record of nine. • Helped pave the way for Arkansas’ 353 yards rushing against Alcorn State, marking the Razorbacks most yards on the ground since Sept. 13, 2014 at Texas Tech.
  • Arkansas had two 100-yard rushers and a 100-yard receiver for the first time since last season at Tennessee.

Riley Lovingood, LS, Tennessee

  • Lovingood was part of one of the most unique plays late in the game on Saturday. With 3:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, Lovingood snapped the ball to punter Trevor Daniel, who booted the ball 37 yards high in the air to the UGA 6-yard line.
  • Lovingood raced down the field to make the catch, downing the ball at the UGA 6. Two plays later, Derek Barnett strip sacked Jacob Eason in the end zone and Corey Vereen recovered the ball in the end zone to give UT its first lead of the game at 28-24 after the extra point.

FRESHMAN
Joshua Jacobs, RB, Alabama

  • The freshman running back made his first career start and recorded his first 100-yard rushing performance.
  • The native of Tulsa, Okla., rushed for a 100 yards and scored a touchdown on just 16 carries to average 6.2 yards per rush.
  • Also caught a career-best threes passes for 44 yards to give him 144 total yards from scrimmage.
  • Converted nine first downs on 19 touches, including seven rushing first downs and two in the passing game.
  • Averaged 7.6 yards per touch with long plays of 28 yards rushing and 23 yards receiving.

OFFENSIVE LINE
Ethan Pocic, C, LSU

  • Leader of LSU offensive line that paved the way for the most total yards in a SEC game for the Tigers in school with 634 total yards in 42-7 win over Missouri.
  • Played 80 snaps with five knockdowns … LSU had only two negative plays the entire night and averaged 7.7 yards on 82 plays.
  • Playing without Leonard Fournette, LSU produced two 100-yard rushers on their way to 418 rushing yards and 6 rushing TDs.
  • LSU didn’t commit a turnover and registered 30 first downs and possessed the ball for 42:33.

DEFENSIVE LINE
Daeshon Hall, DE, Texas A&M

  • Hall finished the day with 6 total tackles, four solo and recorded 3.5 tackles for losses totaling 16 yards which included two quarterback sacks for losses of 12 yards and added two additional quarterback hurries.
  • After the first play from scrimmage for South Carolina notched a 75-yard touchdown run, the Aggie defense kept the Gamecocks out of the end zone the rest of the afternoon in the 24-13 victory.