Herres, Richmond Named SoCon Players of the Week
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced its SoCon Football Players of the Week presented by GEICO on Monday, for games Nov. 23. VMI wide receiver Jakob Herres was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate and defensive lineman Jarrod Richmond was named the Defensive Player of the Week. Furman kicker Grayson Atkins earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors. The players of the week are selected by the league office.

 

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jakob Herres, VMI, So., WR, Easton, Pa.

VMI wide receiver Jakob Herres caught eight passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns in the Keydets’ 31-24 win over Chattanooga, averaging 19.1 yards per catch. Herres’ first TD reception went for 13 yards in the second quarter, tying the game at 10. The Easton, Pennsylvania, sophomore added a 54-yard on VMI’s second play from scrimmage after halftime to make it a 24-10 contest. The Keydets would go on to win their fifth game of the season, their most since 2003, and their fourth conference game, their most since 1979.

 

Other nominees: Tyray Devezin (Mercer), Elijah Ibitokun-Hanks (Chattanooga), Tyrie Adams (Western Carolina) and Nathan Walker (Wofford).

 

 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jarrod Richmond, VMI, Sr., DL, Bluefield, Va.

VMI defensive lineman Jarrod Richmond had eight tackles, two quarterback hurries and a fumble return for a touchdown in the Keydets’ win over Chattanooga, which gave VMI its most overall wins since 2003 and most conference wins in 40 years. The senior from Bluefield, Virginia, who recorded two solo stops, scooped up a loose ball at the VMI 36-yard line and returned it 64 yards for a score to make it 31-10 in the Keydets’ favor, scoring what would prove to be the winning touchdown.

 

Other nominees: Cameron Coleman (Furman), Eric Jackson (Mercer), Nathan East (Samford), Marshall Cooper (Chattanooga), Ty Harris (Western Carolina) and Robbie Armstrong (Wofford).

 

 

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Grayson Atkins, Furman, Jr., K, Inman, S.C.

Furman kicker Grayson Atkins claimed his fifth honor of the season and the eighth of his career with another outstanding all-around effort in the Paladins’ 64-7 win over Point on a rainy Saturday. The junior from Inman, South Carolina, scored 13 points on the day, converting all seven of his point-after attempts and hitting field goals of 28 and 45 yards. Atkins, who has converted 22 of his last 23 field-goal tries, also kicked off 11 times on the day, putting eight into the end zone with one touchback and averaging 58.8 yards per kick.

 

Other nominees: Bradley Porcellato (Samford), Colin Brewer (Chattanooga), Julian Pletz (Western Carolina) and Luke Carter (Wofford).

 

2019 SoCon Football Players of the Week presented by GEICO

Offensive

Sept. 2       Chris Oladokun, Jr., QB, Samford

Sept. 9       Darren Grainger, R-Fr., QB, Furman

Sept. 16      Chris Oladokun, Jr., QB, Samford

Sept. 23      Chris Oladokun, Jr., QB, Samford

Sept. 30      Liam Welch, Jr., QB, Samford

Oct. 7         Devin Wynn, Jr., TB, Furman

Oct. 14       Alex Ramsey, R-Jr., RB, VMI

Oct. 21       Joe Newman, Sr., QB, Wofford

Oct. 28       Joe Newman, Sr., QB, Wofford

Nov. 4        Donnavan Spencer, R-Jr., RB, Western Carolina

Nov. 11       Devin Wynn, Jr., TB, Furman

Nov. 18       Quay Holmes, R-So., RB, ETSU

Nov. 25       Jakob Herres, So., WR, VMI

 

Defensive

Sept. 2       Marshall Cooper, Sr., LB, Chattanooga

Sept. 9       Kaleb Tucker, Sr., DB, VMI

Sept. 16      Braden Gilby, R-Fr., LB, Furman

Sept. 23      Jireh Wilson, Sr., LB, Wofford

Sept. 30      Artevius Smith, R-Sr., DB, ETSU

Oct. 7         Ty Boeck, So., LB, Chattanooga

Oct. 14       Marquise Blount, So., LB, The Citadel

Oct. 21       Marquise Blount, So., LB, The Citadel

Oct. 28       Artevius Smith, R-Sr., DB, ETSU

Nov. 4        Sidney Otiwu, R-Jr., LB, Mercer

Nov. 11       Ty Harris, Jr., LB, Western Carolina

Nov. 18       Jayden Pauling, R-So., LB, Western Carolina

Nov. 25       Jarrod Richmond, Sr., DL, VMI

 

Special teams

Sept. 2         Grayson Atkins, Jr., K, Furman

Sept. 9         Sean-Thomas Faulkner, R-So., DB, The Citadel

Sept. 16       Jacob Godek, Sr., K, The Citadel

Sept. 23       Grayson Atkins, Jr., K, Furman

Sept. 30       Mitchell Fineran, So., PK, Samford

Oct. 7           Grant Clemons, Sr., K, VMI

Oct. 14         Grant Clemons, Sr., K, VMI

Oct. 21         Jacob Godek, Sr., K, The Citadel

Oct. 28         Grayson Atkins, Jr., K, Furman

Nov. 4          Julian Pletz, R-Fr., PK, Western Carolina

Nov. 11        Grayson Atkins, Jr., K, Furman

Nov. 18        Montrell Washington, WR/KR, Jr., Samford

Nov. 25        Grayson Atkins, Jr., K, Furman

 

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