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Towson F Benimon named CAA Player of the Week

Posted on 18 November 2013 by WNST Staff

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


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.

 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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Morgan K Moller picks up weekly MEAC honor

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Howard’s Greg McGhee was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Offensive Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  Norfolk State’s Lynden Trail was named Defensive Player of the Week.

N.C. A&T’s Tarik Cohen was named Rookie of the Week, while Howard’s Deonta Allen Wright earned Offensive Lineman of the Week honors.  Morgan State’s Chris Moller and N.C. Central’s Adrian Wilkins earned Co-Special Teams Player of the Week accolades, respectively.

McGhee (QB, 6-3, 208, Jr., Pittsburgh, Pa.) completed 26-of-37 passes for 326 yards with two touchdowns to lead Howard to a 42-14 victory over Savannah State.  He also rushed 14 times for a career-high 148 yards with another two touchdowns.

Trail (OLG, 6-7, 260, Jr., Miami, Fla.) recorded eight tackles, three solo, with 2.5 for a loss of 16 yards, including 1.5 sacks for an eight-yard loss against Bethune-Cookman.  He also forced two fumbles and broke up one pass as Norfolk State gave B-CU its first conference loss in since 2011, ending an 11-game MEAC win streak.

Cohen (RB, 5-8, 170, Fr., Bunn, N.C.) rushed for 185 yards on 31 carries with one touchdown against Morgan State.  He also caught two passes for 15 yards in the team’s 24-23 loss.

Wright (OG, 6-5, 305, r-So., Midlothian, Va.) anchored Howard’s offensive line that accounted for 559 yards of total offense in a win over Savannah State.  Wright graded out a season-high 98 percent on all blocking assignments that attributed to 223 rushing yards.

Wilkins (RS, 5-8, 170, So., Forest City, N.C.) returned the opening kickoff 96 yards for a touchdown, third of the season and national best, against Hampton.  He finished with 163 all-purpose yards, including 102 kickoff return yards.

Moller (PK, 5-11, 235, Fr., Newport, News, Va.) hit a 27-yard field goal as time expired to give the Bears a 24-23 victory over North Carolina A&T.  He also averaged 59.5 kickoff yards on four attempts in the win.

Other Top Performances

Cameron Alston (Howard) recorded seven tackles, three solo, with one for a loss of five yards and one recovered fumble against Savannah State.

Bryan Bailey (Hampton) compiled 226 yards on 21-of-31 passes in a win against N.C. Central.

Tyler Clark (NSU) completed 12-of-25 passes for 151 yards with one touchdown against Bethune-Cookman.

Robert Council (MSU) connected on 8-of-17 passes for 122 yards and added 78 rushing yards on 16 carries with two touchdowns against N.C. A&T.

Michael Ducre (FAMU) recorded 11 tackles, six solo, with 0.5 for a loss of 11 yards against S.C. State.

Rolandan Finch (NSU) rushed for 110 yards on 38 attempts with one touchdown in a win over Bethune-Cookman.

Tazmon Foster (NCCU) amassed a game-high 13 tackles (8 solo) with one for a loss of one yard.

Marcus Hampton (Hampton) rushed for a career-high 166 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown in the Pirates’ 29-21 win over N.C. Central.

Nathan Isles (NCAT) recorded five pancake blocks and graded out at 91-percent of his assignments as he led the Aggies offensive line that amassed 452 yards of total offense against Morgan State.

D’Vonte Grant (NCAT) returned an interception back for a 14-yard touchdown and posted nine tackles, five solo, against Morgan State.

Antonio Jefferson (MSU) caught three passes for 67 yards including a 51-yard reception against N.C. A&T.

Carvin Johnson (Hampton) finished with eight tackles, two solo, and one interception in a win against N.C. Central.

Cody Jones (NCAT) was 3-for-3 in field goals and 2-for-2 in PAT attempts in the Aggies loss to Morgan State.

Blake Matthews (NSU) graded out at 90-percent of his assignments as he led the Spartans offensive line to 299 yards of total offense against Bethune-Cookman.

Cameron Marouf (NSU) scored nine points, kicked a career-long 43-yard field goal, and finished 2-for-2 on field goals and 3-for-3 on point after attempts against Bethune-Cookman.

Anthony Philyaw (Howard) rushed for 53 yards on 15 carries with two touchdowns against Savannah State.

Joe Thomas (SCSU) tallied 10 tackles, nine solo, with 2.5 for a loss of three yards including 1.5 sacks and one breakup.

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Coppin G Smith picks up weekly MEAC honor

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Sterling Smith of Coppin State was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Player of the Week, the conference announced on Monday.  James Daniel of Howard earned Rookie of the Week honors while Du’Vaughn Maxell, of Hampton, was named Defensive Player of the Week.

Smith (G, 6-4, 200, So., Chico, Calif.) led the Eagles to a 1-1 mark last week, including a 78-73 victory over Oregon State.  Smith scored a career-high 21 points, shooting 8-of-12 from the field, with four rebounds, three steals and two blocks in the Eagles’ first-ever win against a Pac-12 opponent.  He also scored 16 points with seven rebounds and two steals against California.  For the week, he averaged 18.5 points, shooting 63-percent from the field (14-of-22), with 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 1.5 blocks, and 2.5 steals.

Daniel (G/F, 5-11, 165, Fr., Hampton, Va.) averaged 22.0 points, shooting 9-of-17 from 3-point range (.529), with 4.0 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in a pair of wins against Washington College and Gwynedd-Mercy  last week.  He recorded 28 points, connecting on 60-percent of his baskets from long-range (6-of-10), with six boards and three steals against Washington College.

Maxwell (F, 6-7, 215, Sr., Manhattan, N.Y.) paced the Pirates defense with eight rebounds and five blocked shots in a 77-69 win over William & Mary.  He added one steal in 25 minutes of play.  Offensively he scored 12 points and dished out three assists.

Other Top Performances

Muhammad Abdul-Aleem (FAMU) finished with 16 points, hitting 2-of-3 from 3-point range, with two rebounds against Rutgers.

Hakeem Baxter (UMES) scored 17 points and grabbed five rebounds against Columbia.

Ian Chiles (MSU) registered 12 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal against Ohio State.

Brian Darden (Hampton) scored 18 points, connecting on 4-of-5 baskets (.800) from long range, with five rebounds, one assist and one steal in a 77-69 win over William & Mary.

Mrdjan Gasevic (DSU) recorded 10 points, hitting 5-of-6 from the field, with four rebounds against Cairn.

Kendall Gray (DSU) posted 11 points and seven rebounds with three assists and two blocks against Cairn.

Bradon Goode (NSU) recorded 10 points, seven rebounds, and four blocks against Texas Southern.

Malcolm Hawkins (NSU) hit a career high 31 points with six rebounds, two assists and one steal against Texas Southern.

Jeremy Ingram (NCCU) scored a game-high 27 points, including 19 in the second half, with two blocks against Cincinnati.

Ricky Johnson (B-CU) recorded 22 points, six rebounds, three assists and one steal against Trinity Baptist College.

KyRee Jones (UMES) posted 17 points, hitting 5-of-5 from 3-point range, against Columbia.

Trey Kellum (FAMU) recorded a combined 21 points and 10 rebounds with two steals and one assist two non-conference games last week.

Jordan Lawson (DSU) tallied a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds in a 107-48 win over Cairn.

 Prince Okoroh (Howard) averaged 13.5 points, 4.5 rebounds 2.5 blocks and 4.0 steals in wins over Washington College and Gwynedd-Mercy.

Clemmye Owens (B-CU) recorded 12 points, three rebounds, three steals and one assist against Trinity Baptist.

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Navy QB Reynolds, LB Peterson pick up weekly Independent honors

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds, Navy linebacker Cody Peterson and New Mexico State punter Cayle Chapman-Brown have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games played through Saturday, Nov. 9. Reynolds is cited on Offense, Peterson is recognized on Defense, and Chapman-Brown is honored on Special Teams. Reynolds’ second award this season is the third of his career, while Peterson and Chapman-Brown are first-time honorees.


Navy QB Keenan Reynolds
A sophomore from Antioch, Tenn., Reynolds rushed 28 times for a career-high 226 yards and a career-best four touchdowns, while completing four of his eight passes for 59 yards and a score, in Navy’s 42-28 home-field victory over Hawai’i. Reynolds’ 226 rushing yards are the third most by a Navy quarterback, and the most by a Midshipmen signal-caller since 1997; his four rushing touchdowns are tied for the third-most in school history. With 18 rushing scores on the season, Reynolds ranks second nationally among FBS players, and third on Navy’s all-time single-season tally.


Navy LB Cody Peterson
A senior from Olympia, Wash., Peterson tied his career high with 14 tackles, including eight solo stops, in Navy’s 42-28 win over Hawai’i at Annapolis, Md. Peterson has recorded double-digit tackle totals in six consecutive games, and nine times in his Navy career. He currently ranks second nationally in FBS solo tackles per game, at 7.3 per contest.


New Mexico State P Cayle Chapman-Brown
A senior from Sydney, Australia, Chapman-Brown punted seven times for a 51.9-yard average, with a long kick of 58 yards, in New Mexico State’s 48-34 home loss to Boston College. Four of Chapman-Brown’s punts were downed inside the BC 20-yard line, with three of his kicks pinning the Eagles inside their 15-yard line.

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Loyola G Cormier picks up weekly Patriot League honor

Posted on 11 November 2013 by WNST Staff

Cormier Named Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player Of The Week

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – After averaging 32.5 points in Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball’s two season-opening wins this weekend, senior guard Dylon Cormier (Baltimore, Md./Cardinal Gibbons) was named the Anaconda Sports Patriot League Player of the Week on Monday.

Cormier led the Greyhounds to a 79-74 victory over Binghamton University on Friday night before sparking a comeback and sealing a 93-89 overtime win at Cornell University on Sunday afternoon.

The Baltimore native became the first player in Loyola history to post two 30-point games to start the season, and he is the first Greyhound to score 30 or more in back-to-back outings since Andre Collins went for 34, 36 and 39 in three-straight games (all on the road at VMI, Delaware and Providence) from December 29, 2005-January 3, 2006.

In the opener at Binghamton, Cormier scored 21 of his then-career-high 31 points in the second half, and his free throw less with than two minutes to play gave Loyola the lead for good. He tallied six rebounds and three steals, as well, against the Bearcats.

Cormier’s career-high did not stand for long, as he broke the mark less than 48 hours later in the win at Cornell. He scored 12 first-half points in just 10 minutes of action, and Loyola led by one at the break, but the Big Red took a five-point lead just over three minutes into the second until Cormier knocked down a three at 15:53.

Cornell had another run in it, taking a 73-66 lead with 5:45 to play, but Cormier scored seven unanswered points in a stretch of 54 seconds to pull Loyola even at 73-73 with a layup at 3:40.

After the game headed to overtime, Cormier knocked down two free throws at 1:42, and he sank a 3-pointer from the top of the perimeter with a minute remaining, pushing the Loyola advantage to four.

Later, after Cornell cut the lead to just three, and the Big Red had the ball, Cormier stripped Nola Cressler as he lined up for a three at the top of the arc, corralled the ball and was fouled with 13.9 left to play. He made 1-of-2 free throws to ice the win.

In addition to his scoring exploits, Cormier logged his first career double-double against Cornell, going for a career-best 11 rebounds. He also had three steals in the game.

The award is the first for Cormier and any Loyola player, as the Greyhounds became members of the Patriot League in July 2013. Previously, Cormier had earned one player of the week honor in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.

Cormier and the Greyhounds are back in action on Saturday, November 16, with an 8 o’clock game that will air live on MASN in the Mid-Atlantic area and SNY in the Connecticut and New York region.

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Navy KR Thomas named Independent Player of the Week

Posted on 04 November 2013 by WNST Staff


Notre Dame running back Tarean Folston, Notre Dame defensive lineman Kona Schwenke and Navy kick returner Marcus Thomas have been named FBS Independent Players of the Week, for games played through Saturday, Nov. 2.  Folston is cited on Offense, Schwenke is honored on Defense, and Thomas is recognized on Special Teams.  All three players are first-time honorees.



Notre Dame RB Tarean Folston

A freshman from Cocoa, Fla., Folston ran for a career-best 140 yards and the game-winning touchdown—the first score of his career—in Notre Dame’s 38-34 home win over Navy.  Folston became the first Irish freshman running back to eclipse 100 yards since Robert Hughes against Stanford in 2007; he rushed for the most yards by an Irish freshman running back since Julius Jones ran for 146 yards v. Navy in 1999.  Folston ended the day just eight yards shy of the Notre Dame freshman rushing record held by Jerome Heavens, who ran for 148 yards against Georgia Tech in 1975.



Notre Dame DL Kona Schwenke

A senior from Hauula, Hawaii, Schwenke filled in for an injured Louis Nix III and collected a career-best 11 tackles, including 10 in the first half, in Notre Dame’s 38-34 victory over Navy.  Schwenke, who ended up having to leave the game with a second half-injury, had recorded a total of 15 tackles over his first 27 career games before emerging against the Midshipmen and their productive option attack.



Navy KR Marcus Thomas

A senior from Baton Rouge, La., Thomas returned five kickoffs for 137 yards (27.4 yard average) in a 38-34 loss at Notre Dame.  Thomas’ last return was a 49-yard run-back to midfield which positioned the Midshipmen for their final drive with 3:47 to play.  Thomas ended the day with 162 all-purpose yards, as he also caught two passes for 25 yards.

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Towson LB Clark receives weekly national honor

Posted on 29 October 2013 by WNST Staff


Clark Honored For Leading Tigers To Win Over Richmond

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.  – Senior linebacker Telvion Clark (Granby H.S./Norfolk, Va.) of Towson University has been named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week, it has been announced by The Sports Network.

Clark is the first Tiger football player ever to be named as the FCS National Defensive Player of the Week

Honored as the co-winner of the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week award, Clark led the No. 7 Tigers to a 48-32 victory at the University of Richmond on Saturday. It was the Tigers’ ninth consecutive road victory, a streak that started with a 49-35 win at Villanova on Oct. 27, 2012.

Named as the CAA Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season, Clark led the Tigers with a career-high 16 tackles in their win at Richmond.

In addition, he made one of the biggest plays of the game when he sacked Richmond quarterback Michael Strauss,forced a fumble, recovered the fumble and ran 32 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a commanding 41-18 lead with 12:19 remaining in the game.

In the win over Richmond, Clark also recovered another fumble and had two tackles for lost yardage.

With 88 tackles in nine games, Clark is second in the CAA in tackles. He also has four forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Clark is tied for the CAA lead in both categories. He also ranks 13th in the CAA with eight tackles for lost yardage.

The Tigers, who are 8-1 overall and 4-1 in the CAA, will return to action on Saturday night when they host No. 21 Delaware at 7:00 p.m.

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