ROCK HILL, S.C. (TheSAC.com) – The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week nine of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne wide receiver Jaquay Mitchell was tabbed as the Offensive Player of the Week, while Lenoir-Rhyne linebacker Clayton Horn was named the Defensive Player of the Week, and Carson-Newman kicker Nate Craft picked up Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Mitchell, a senior from Bailey, N.C., led the No. 7 Bears to a 20-13 win over No. 12 Wingate last week. He hauled three receptions for 135 yards with two touchdowns, including the eventual game-winning 90-yard touchdown catch. In addition to his outstanding day receiving, he also rushed for 39 yards to finish the day with 174 all-purpose yards. This is Mitchell's first offensive player of the week accolade of the season.
Horn, a senior from Mt. Pleasant, N.C., helped the No. 7 Bears hold No. 12 Wingate to a season-low in rushing yards and their second lowest point total of the season in the Bear's 20-13 win on Saturday. He recorded nine tackles, including four solo tackles, a sack, and a tackle for loss. He also forced a fumble, recovered a fumble and had an interception that he returned for 21 yards. This is Horn's first defensive player of the week honor of the season.
Craft, a freshman from Salem, Va., scored 12 of the Eagles' 48 points in their win over Mars Hill on Saturday. He was perfect on his kicks, going 2-for-2 on field goals and 6-for-6 on extra points, while also booting six kick-offs for touchbacks. Both of Craft's field goals went for 40-plus yards, including a 50-yard field goal, the first for Carson-Newman since the 2012 season. This is Craft's second special teams player of the week award 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
Oct. 14 – Ameen Stevens, Lenoir-Rhyne
Oct. 21 – Chance Walker, Newberry
Oct. 28 – Craig Rucker, Mars Hill
Nov. 4 – Jaquay Mitchell, 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
Oct. 21 – Dee Alford, Tusculum
Oct. 28 – Jackson Cauthen, Tusculum
Nov. 4 – Clayton Horn, 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
Oct. 7 – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
Oct. 14 – Nate Craft, Carson-Newman
Oct. 21 – Michael Owen, Lenoir-Rhyne
Oct. 28 – Eli Shepherd, Tusculum
Nov. 4 – 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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