ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week five of the 2019 season. Carson-Newman running back Troy Dendy was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Limestone defensive back Mannie Ogletree was named the Defensive Player of the Week, and Lenoir-Rhyne return man Kyle Dugger picked up Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Dendy, a freshman from Laurens, S.C., averaged 21.3 yards per carry, while scoring two touchdowns in the Eagles 69-18 win over UNC Pembroke last week. He finished the game with 149 yards rushing, the most rushing yards by a Carson-Newman player against UNCP in the history of the program. Three of his rushes were for at least 20-yards and four went for at least 10-yards. This is Dendy's first offensive player of the week honor of the season.
Ogletree, a junior from North Augusta, S.C., led the Saints to a 52-24 SAC win over Catawba last week. He hauled in two interceptions in the fourth quarter to secure the victory, including a 41-yard return to setup a Saints touchdown. In addition to his two interceptions, Ogletree added a tackle. This is Ogletree's first defensive player of the week award of the year.
Dugger, a senior from Fayetteville, Ga., helped the No. 8 Bears secure a 63-6 win over UVa-Wise last week. He returned two punts for touchdowns in the first quarter of action. His first return was for 68 yards, in which he broke five tackles on his way to the end zone. He then returned his second punt for a 67-yard touchdown. Dugger now holds two punt return records at Lenoir-Rhyne, most career punt return yards, and he is only player in program history to have two punt returns for touchdowns in a game twice in a career. This is Dugger's first special teams player of the week accolade of the season.
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
Oct. 7 – Troy Dendy, Carson-Newman
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
Oct. 7 – Mannie Ogletree, Limestone
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
Oct. 7 – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
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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