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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 18 December 2013 by WNST Staff

CHIEFS RB JAMAAL CHARLES, DOLPHINS S MICHAEL THOMAS & RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 15

Running back JAMAAL CHARLES of the Kansas City Chiefs, safety MICHAEL THOMAS of the Miami Dolphins and
kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the
Week for games played the 15th week of the 2013 season (December 12, 15-16), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS
 Tucker converted all six field-goals, including a game-winning 61-yarder in the Ravens’ 18-16 win at Detroit on
Monday Night Football.
 Tucker’s 61-yard field goal marked the third-longest come-from-behind game-winning field goal in the final minute
of the fourth quarter in NFL history.
 His six field goals of 29, 24, 32, 49, 53 and 61 were the most in the NFL in Week 15.
 He scored all 18 of the Ravens’ points in the game.
 Tucker has made 33 consecutive field goals, the longest active streak in the NFL.
 Through Week 15, Tucker has converted an NFL-best 35 field goals.
 In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s third career Special Teams Player of the Week Award (all in
2013). He previously won the award in Week 12 and Week 10.

 

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Coppin forward Murray named MEAC Player of the Week

Posted on 09 December 2013 by WNST Staff

NORFOLK, Va. – Michael Murray of Coppin State was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Hakeem Baxter, of Maryland Eastern Shore, earned Rookie of the Week honors, while Norfolk State’s Brandon Goode was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Murray (F, 6-5, 220, Sr., Brooklyn, N.Y.) scored 28 points to lead Coppin State to a 73-54 win over Delaware State.  Murray nailed his first six shots of the game en route to a 75-percent (11-of-15) shooting performance from the field, including 3-of-5 from long range.  He also grabbed seven boards, dished out two assists and stole one pass in 34 minutes of play.

Baxter (G, 6-2, 170, Fr., Philadelphia, Pa.) recorded a career-high 28 points, connecting on 9-of-10 baskets from the charity stripe, with three rebounds, one assist and one steal against University of Maryland Baltimore County.

Goode (C, 7-0, 235, Sr., Bronx, N.Y.) totaled 17 rebounds, seven blocks and two steals in two conference wins over Bethune-Cookman and Florida A&M last week.  He tallied nine rebounds with a game-high five blocks against B-CU.  Offensively, he added 20 total points, connecting on 53.8-percent (7-of-13) from the field.

Other Top Performances

Jamie Adams (FAMU) registered 24 points, one rebound and two assists against Norfolk State.

Tyshawn Bell (DSU) scored a career-high 19 points, with five rebounds, two assists and one steal against Baptist Bible.

Justin Black (MSU) scored 17 points, with six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one block against Howard.

Marcel Boyd (Howard) posted a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds against American.

Ian Chiles (MSU) recorded a game-high nine points, seven rebounds and three blocks in a win over Howard. 

Kendall Gray (DSU) finished with a total nine points, 17 rebounds and eight blocked shots in three games last week.

Malcolm Hawkins (NSU) averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, and 1.0 steal in a pair of conference wins over Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman.

Alfonzo Houston (NCCU) averaged 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals to help the Eagles finish 1-1 last week, including a non-conference victory over Old Dominion.

Trey Kellum (FAMU) recorded a combined 13 points, 17 boards, two assists and two steals against Norfolk State and Hampton last week.

Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton) tallied 15 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks against Florida A&M.

Prince Okoroh (Howard) finished with 25 points, three rebounds and one steal against Morgan State.

Deron Powers (Hampton) scored 22 points, with three rebounds, four assists and two steals against Florida A&M.

Troy Snyder (UMES) hauled down 12 rebounds, along with eight points, one assist and one steal against UMBC.

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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

PATRIOTS QB TOM BRADY, STEELERS S TROY POLAMALU & RAVENS K  JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 12

Quarterback TOM BRADY of the New England Patriots, safety TROY POLAMALU of the Pittsburgh Steelers and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 12th week of the 2013 season (November 21, 24-25), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS

  • Tucker converted all four field-goal attempts in the Ravens’ 19-3 win over the New York Jets.
  • His four field goals of 30, 26, 33 and 53 yards, tied for the most in the NFL in Week 12.
  • He scored 13 of the Ravens’ 19 points in the game.
  • His four field goals of 50+ yards are tied for the second-most in the NFL this season.
  • His 24 field goals this season are tied for the third-most in the NFL.
  • In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s second career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He previously won the award in Week 10.

 

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Navy QB Reynolds named ECAC Offensive Player of the Week

Posted on 27 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Keenan Reynolds – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Quarterback, Antioch, Tenn

Reynolds carried the ball 36 times for 240 yards and seven touchdowns, while completing 4-6 passers for 46 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 58-52 triple overtime victory over San Jose State.  The seven rushing touchdowns is an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback.  His eight total touchdowns sets a Navy school record.  He also became the fourth player in school history to rush for 1,000 and pass for 1,000 yards in a single-season and he now has 26 rushing touchdowns on the season, which leads the country for all players and is just one off the NCAA record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback in NCAA history.  On Reynolds final five carries of the game he rushed for 82 yards and three touchdowns. He had 25-yard touchdown runs on the first play of the first overtime and first play of the third overtime, which was the game-winner.

Defensive Player of the Week

Khalil Mack – University at Buffalo
Senior, Linebacker, Fort Pierce, Fla.

Mack had a team-high eight tackles, three sacks and three forced fumbles in Buffalo’s 44-7 win at Miami. Two of his forced fumbles were recovered by the Bulls and both were turned into touchdowns. His third forced fumble was scooped up by teammate Okoye Houston and returned 60 yards for a touchdown. In the game, Mack broke the NCAA record for career forced fumbles with 16 career forced fumbles, surpassing the previous record of 14.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Nate Freese – Boston College
Senior, Placekicker, Strongsville, Ohio

Freese converted a 52-yard field goal – his third field goal of the game – as time expired to lift Boston College to a 29-26 win at Maryland. His 52-yard field goal matched his career long against Wake Forest in October 2011, and he improved to 3-for-4 in career field-goal attempts of 50 yards or more. Freese, who is now 17-for-17 in field goal attempts on the season, also converted a 35-yard PAT following a penalty in the fourth quarter, and averaged 43.4 yards per punt in the win over the Terps.

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Loyola G Cormier picks up weekly Patriot League honor

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Patriot League Anaconda Weekly Awards (Nov. 18-24)
Anaconda Player of the Week
DYLON CORMIER, LOYOLA MARYLAND Sr., G, 6-3, 184; Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons
Cormier continues to fill it up early in the season, scoring 34 points and pulling down 10 rebounds to lead the Greyhounds to an 89-83 overtime win at UMBC on Wednesday. He made 12-of-22 shots and 9-of-13 free throws while recording his second career double-double, and also his second in the last three games. Cormier tied his career-high previously set on Nov. 10 against Cornell, and set a career-best with the 12 field goals. He has scored 30 points or more in three of Loyola’s first four games, and is the first player in the school’s Division I history (since 1981-82) to start the year with four-consecutive games of 20 or more points. Cormier is third in the nation with 29.8 points per game, and is averaging 13.0 points in the last 10 minutes of games as Loyola has rallied in each win during its 4-0 start. He is named Patriot League Anaconda Player of the Week for the second time in the last three weeks.

Anaconda Rookie of the Week
MALACHI ALEXANDER, HOLY CROSS Fr., F, 6-7, 217; Bowie, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt
Alexander wins his second-consecutive Patriot League Anaconda Rookie of the Week award after averaging 12.0 points and 5.0 rebounds in three games for the Crusaders. He scored in double figures in each game, putting up 13 in a 63-49 win over Fairfield on Wednesday, 10 in an 81-70 loss to Belmont on Saturday and 13 again in an 80-55 victory over Hartford on Sunday. Alexander made 62.5% of his shots (10-of-16) for the week and hit 75% (15-of-20) at the foul line. He has scored in double figures in five straight games and is averaging 13.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game for the year.

Honorable Mention
MURPHY BURNATOWSKI, COLGATE Sr., F, 6-7, 230; Waterloo, Ont./National Elite Development Academy
Burnatowski averaged 21.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in a pair of wins for the Raiders.

SETH HINRICHS, LAFAYETTE Jr., G, 6-7, 218; Clara City, Minn./Maccray
Hinrichs averaged 23.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 57.1% from the field in two games for the Leopards.

CAMERON AYERS, BUCKNELL Sr., G, 6-5, 203; Blue Bell, Pa./Germantown Academy
Ayers averaged 20.0 points and shot 57.7% from the field in a 1-1 week for the Bison.

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Towson CB Smith picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 25 November 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 25, 2013) – CAA Football’s final Player of the Week honorees of the 2013 season were announced on Monday. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the day as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: John Robertson, So., QB, Villanova
Robertson receives his fourth weekly honor of the season on the heels of another stellar day during which he led a late Wildcats rally from 34-12 down to defeat rival Delaware. The Walter Payton Award finalist went 11-for-13 for 146 yards and three scores over the final eight minutes to spark the comeback. Robertson would finish 19-of-28 for 252 yards and three touchdowns through the air to go with 165 yards and a score on 31 rushes for his second-career contest with 400 yards of total offense (417).

Defensive Player of the Week: Tye Smith, Jr., CB, Towson
Smith turned in an all-around effort to lead the Towson defense on Saturday against James Madison. The junior totaled eight tackles and an 18-yard return on an interception that led to the Tigers’ go-ahead touchdown in the second quarter. Smith also broke up three passes in the win, including a pair in the end zone to prevent potential touchdowns.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Tre McBride, Jr., KR/PR, William & Mary
McBride concluded his junior campaign with one of the most complete performances in program history. The versatile junior racked up 115 yards on four kickoff returns and another 59 yards on three punt returns, with kick and punt return longs of 34 and 31 yards, respectively. McBride added 108 yards receiving to finish with 282 all-purpose yards, an effort that ranks tenth in the Tribe annals.

Rookie of the Week: Casey DeAndrade, R-Fr., CB, New Hampshire
DeAndrade was a difference-maker on defense as New Hampshire knocked off rival Maine, 24-3, in Saturday’s Battle of the Musket. The redshirt freshman finished with seven tackles, including six solo, and returned his second-career interception 10 yards in the win. DeAndrade also had a pass breakup and now boasts a league-best 17 passes defended on the year, a figure which ranks fourth nationally as well.

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Towson F Benimon named CAA Player of the Week

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

JERRELLE BENIMON NAMED CAA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward averaged 21.3 points and 10.0 rebounds in Towson’s 2-1 week

RICHMOND Va. – Towson University senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, it was announced by the league on Monday.

Benimon averaged 21.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists in Towson’s 2-1 week. The senior forward scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a 75-69 victory over Temple, tallied 21 points, 14 boards and a career-high six assists in a 95-75 win over Morgan State and had a team-best 11 points in a loss at Villanova.

For the week Benimon shot 46.3 percent from the floor and was 26-of-31 (83.9 percent) from the free throw line.

The CAA Rookie of the Week award was shared by Canyon Barry of the College of Charleston and Omar Prewitt of William & Mary.

The Tigers return to action on November 22 at No. 2 Kansas. The game, set to tip at 8 p.m., can be seen on ESPN3.

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Towson DB Lewis picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. (Nov. 18, 2013) – CAA Football’s Player of the Week honorees for the twelfth week of the 2013 season were announced on Monday. A link to each school’s release will be added to the player’s name over the course of the day as releases become available.

Offensive Player of the Week: Michael Strauss, Jr., QB, Richmond
Strauss earns his second-consecutive honor on the heels of another historic day that was highlighted by his game-winning touchdown pass with seven seconds remaining to complete Richmond’s 46-43 come-from-behind road win over Delaware. The junior finished the game 35-of-46 for a school-record 543 yards and five touchdown passes, a single-game program mark that he has now matched in two straight weeks. Strauss, whose 543 passing yards also represents a single-game school record, now owns or has equaled every single-game and single-season passing record at Richmond.

Defensive Player of the Week: Donnell Lewis, Soph., DB, Towson
Lewis turned in a career-high 10 tackles, including seven solo, to lead Towson to its 10th-straight road win, 15-9, over William & Mary. The sophomore also recorded his third interception of the season, representing a key fourth-quarter play for a Tiger defense that stopped three W&M fourth-down attempts and shut out the Tribe in the second half.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Sean Decloux, Soph., K, Maine
Decloux continued his solid sophomore season with another strong kicking effort as Maine locked up its first league title since 2002 with a 41-0 win over Rhode Island on Saturday. CAA Football’s highest-scoring kicker, Decloux finished the day 2-for-2 on field goals to tie the program single-season record of 13 and also converted all five of his PATs.

Rookie of the Week: Dalton Crossan, R-Fr., KR/RB, New Hampshire
Crossan receives his second rookie nod of the season following his two-touchdown effort as New Hampshire rolled to its fifth win in six weeks, 37-20, on the road over UAlbany. After rushing for a 51-yard score on his only carry of the game in the second quarter, the redshirt freshman would follow that up with a 93-yard kick return for a touchdown with 8:04 remaining to put the Wildcats up 34-20. Crossan’s first career kick return for a score was part of his 185 all-purpose yard performance.

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Navy QB Reynolds, CB Krah pick up ECAC honors

Posted on 15 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Division I Bowl Subdivision

Offensive Player of the Week

Keenan Reynolds – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Quarterback, Antioch, Tenn

Reynolds rushed for a career-high 226 yards and a career-high four touchdowns on 28 carries, while completing four of his eight pass attempts for 59 yards and a touchdown in Navy’s 42-28 victory over Hawai’i. His 226 yards rushing are the third most in school history by a quarterback and the most since 1997. His four rushing touchdowns are tied for the third-most in school history.  His 18 rushing touchdowns this year are the second most in the country by any player and are the third-most in school history.

Co-Defensive Players of the Week

Steele Divitto – Boston College
Senior, Linebacker, Ridgefield, Conn.

Divitto recorded a game-high 18 tackles, including six solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss, in the Eagles’ 48-34 win at New Mexico State.  Divitto’s tackling total marked a season high and equaled his career best, which he achieved against Army in 2012.  Divitto ranks third among ACC leaders in average tackles per game with 8.9.

Ray Vinopal – University of Pittsburgh
Junior, Safety, Youngstown, Ohio

Vinopal played a vital role in Pitt’s 28-21 victory over Notre Dame by having a direct hand in all three Irish turnovers. Vinopal’s initial big play came in the second quarter when he stripped receiver TJ Jones of the ball at the Pitt 6, and it was recovered by cornerback Lafayette Pitts. In the decisive final period with the score tied, 21-21, Vinopal halted an Irish drive by intercepting quarterback Tommy Rees in the end zone with 14:04 remaining. Less than four minutes later, he picked off Rees again, returning it 40 yards to the Irish 5 to set up Pitt’s winning touchdown. Vinopal added seven tackles and assisted on a tackle for lost yardage.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Myer Krah – US Naval Academy
Sophomore, Corner Back, Durham, NC

Krah recovered a Hawai’i fumble off a punt in the first quarter that set up Navy’s first touchdown in a 42-28 victory over the Rainbow Warriors.  It was his first-career fumble recovery.

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Tucker named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week

Posted on 13 November 2013 by WNST Staff

BRONCOS WR DEMARYIUS THOMAS, JAGUARS LB PAUL POSLUSZNY & RAVENS K JUSTIN TUCKER NAMED AFC PLAYERS OF WEEK 10

Wide receiver DEMARYIUS THOMAS of the Denver Broncos, linebacker PAUL POSLUSZNY of the Jacksonville Jaguars and kicker JUSTIN TUCKER of the Baltimore Ravens are the AFC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for games played the 10th week of the 2013 season (November 7, 10-11), the NFL announced today.

SPECIAL TEAMS: K JUSTIN TUCKER, BALTIMORE RAVENS
 Tucker converted both field-goal attempts (36, 46) in the Ravens’ 20-17 overtime win over Cincinnati.
 With 5:27 remaining in overtime, Tucker connected on a game-winning 46-yard field goal to lift the Ravens over
the Bengals.
 Recorded his fifth game-winning field goal since entering the NFL in 2012.
 Registered eight of the Ravens’ 20 points for the game.
 Helped the Ravens improve to 18-6 (.750) in November under head coach JOHN HARBAUGH.
 In his second season from Texas, this is Tucker’s first career Special Teams Player of the Week Award. He is the
first Raven to win Player of the Week honors this season.
 He is the first Baltimore kicker to win Special Teams Player of the Week since MATT STOVER in 2007 (Week 6).

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