ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week six of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne running back Ameen Stevens was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Carson-Newman linebacker Rondrow Peebles was named the Defensive Player of the Week, and Carson-Newman kicker Nate Craft picked up Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Stevens, a sophomore from Savannah, Ga., recorded a career-high three rushing touchdowns in Lenoir-Rhyne's 38-14 win over Tusculum last week. He ran for a season-high 112 yards on 19 carries, averaging 5.9 yards per carry. His three rushing touchdowns marked the most in a Lenoir-Rhyne game since the 2015 season. This is Stevens' first offensive player of the week honor this season.
Peebles, junior from Knoxville, Tenn., was a defensive force in the Eagles' 59-14 win over Catawba last week. He recorded 10 total tackles, including four solo tackles and a tackle for loss. This is the second time this season that Peebles has record double-digit tackles in a game. This is also his second defensive player of the week accolade of the 2019 season.
Craft, a freshman from Salem, Va., scored 11 points for the Eagles in their 59-14 victory over Catawba last week. He was perfect on extra points, going 8-for-8, while connecting on a 29-yard field goal. He also had a 53-yard punt and blasted eight of his 10 kick-offs deep into the end zone for touchbacks. This is the first special teams player of the week honor for Craft this 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
Oct. 14 – Ameen Stevens, 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
Oct. 7 – Mannie Ogletree, Limestone
Oct. 14 – Rondrow Peebles, Carson-Newman
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
Oct. 14 – Nate Craft, Carson-Newman
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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