ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week four of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne running back Jace Jordan was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Lenoir-Rhyne defensive back Eric Jackson was named the Defensive Player of the Week, and Tusculum return man Thurlow Wilkins picked up Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Jordan, a junior from Mount Zion, Ga., erupted for 159 yards on 15 carries and a pair of touchdowns in Lenoir-Rhyne's 56-28 win over Mars Hill last week. He averaged 10.6 yards per carry and his two touchdowns were the first of his career as a Bear. He also added a catch for seven yards and two kick returns for 69 yards, finishing the day with 235 all-purpose yards. This is Jordan's first offensive player of the week accolade this season.
Jackson, a junior from Charleston, S.C., helped lead the Bears to a 56-28 win over Mars Hill in conference action last week. He made three interceptions in the final 22 minutes of play to secure the Bear victory. In addition to his three picks, Jackson had 10 tackles. He becomes the first Bear to have three interceptions in a game since 2013. This is Jackson's first defensive player of the week honor of the season.
Wilkins, a freshman from Avon Park, Fla., set a Tusculum single-game record for kick-off return yards with 191 against Newberry last week. Wilkins broke the previous record of 189 yards, which had stood since 2003. Included in his 191 yards was a 93-yard kick-off return for a touchdown to start the second half, the seventh longest return in Tusculum history. He also added 13 rushing yards, finishing the day with 204 all-purpose yards and a touchdown. This is Wilkins' first special teams player of the week honor.
2019 SAC AstroTurf Football Players of the Week
Offensive Player of the Week
Sept. 9 – Shaw Crocker, Wingate
Sept. 16 – Jerko'ya Patton, Limestone
Sept. 23 – Jimmy Urzua, Mars Hill
Sept. 30 – Jace Jordan, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Player of the Week
Sept. 9 – Rondrow Peebles, Carson-Newman
Sept. 16 – Landon Scott, Lenoir-Rhyne
Sept. 23 – Nigel Bowden, Mars Hill
Sept. 30 – Eric Jackson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Special Teams Player of the Week
Sept. 9 – Demetrius Mann, UVa-Wise
Sept. 16 – McLean Robertson, Wingate
Sept. 23 – McLean Robertson, Wingate
Sept. 30 - Thurlow Wilkins, Tusculum
AstroTurf is an official corporate partner of the South Atlantic Conference and title sponsor of the Conference's Player of the Week awards program.
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