Football releases Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
JJ Jerman was named Special Teams Player of the Game on Saturday.
Football releases Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
Sunday, November 8, 2015

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 8, 2015) – Following each game during the 2015 college football season, ETSU head coach Carl Torbush announces his Bowman Jewelers Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Game, along with the Effort Play of the Game and the “Look Team” Players of the Week.      

Below are the recipients from the Robert Morris game.      

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jajuan Stinson – RB – Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Receiving the award for a second straight week
  • Finished with 71 rushing yards on 13 carries
  • Averaged 5.5 yards per rush
  • Ripped off a 17-yard run in the third quarter, marking the longest run by a Buccaneer on Saturday 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Austin Gatewood – LB – Ooltewah, Tenn.

  • Recorded season highs in tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (2.5)
  • Finished with eight tackles (five solo tackles)
  • Forced one of the two fumbles by the Buccaneer defense

 SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE GAME

JJ Jerman – K/P – Seymour, Tenn.

  • Accounted for all of ETSU’s points as he was a perfect 3-of-3 in field goal attempts
  • The three field goals tied a season high, while it also marked the second-most field goals made a Buccaneer in single-game history
  • Averaged 51.8 yards on four kickoffs 

EFFORT PLAY OF THE GAME

Freshman wide receiver Justin Gilliam (Jonesville, Va.) earned the Effort Play of the Game honor. Gilliam provided a spark on special teams as he blocked Connor Shennan’s punt early in the third quarter, leading to an ETSU scoring drive. Gilliam, who recorded the Bucs’ first blocked punt of the season, gave the offense a 1st-and-10 at the Robert Morris 33, which later set up a 29-yard field goal to put ETSU back ahead, 9-7. Gilliam also recorded a tackle on special teams. 

This week Coach Torbush and the Buccaneer coaching staff recognized Myles Smith (Chattanooga, Tenn.) and Andrew Heyward (Powder Springs, Ga.) as the “Look Team Players of the Week.” Smith is a 6-foot-5, 285-pound freshman offensive lineman and Heyward is a 5-foot-10, 160-pound freshman defensive back.  

ABOUT SMITH

A four-year letterwinner in football at Red Bank High School, while also competing in track and field and baseball … Two-time all-state and all-district selection … Earned “Best of Preps” honors on the offensive side of the ball … Attended the U.S. Army National Combine Rivals camp … Graded out at 89 percent and had 50 pancake blocks during his senior season. 

ABOUT HEYWARD

Provided the defense with an interception, and also added three pass break ups and two tackles in last month’s Scout Team Scrimmage. 

Competed in both football and track at McEachern High School … Was selected Offensive Player of the Week during his senior season … Played in the Senior Bowl Cobb County ... Was an outstanding track athlete, running a 47.0 in the 400 meters. 

The Bucs wrap up the road portion of their season this Saturday when ETSU travels to Boiling Springs, N.C., to take on Gardner-Webb. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m., at Spangler Stadium. 

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