Release 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.