JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 18, 2016) – Following each game during the 2016 college football season, ETSU head coach Carl Torbush will announce the Bowman Jewelers Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Game, along with the “Effort Play of the Game,” “Impact Play of the Game” and “Scout Team Players of the Week” awards.
Below are the recipients from Saturday’s win over Western Carolina.
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Austin Herink – QB – Cleveland, Tenn.
Mason McNutt – OL – Knoxville, Tenn.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Daren Ardis – DB – Bradenton, Fla.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE GAME
JJ Jerman – K – Seymour, Tenn.
EFFORT PLAYS OF THE GAME
Sophomore running back Jajuan Stinson’s (Knoxville, Tenn.) 1-yard touchdown run to seal the win for the Bucs with 1:19 remaining in the fourth quarter … Facing a 3rd-and-goal from the one, Stinson took the handoff and was met at the line of scrimmage before rolling off a swarm of tacklers and pushing through the goal line on an outstanding second-effort touchdown run.
IMPACT PLAYS OF THE GAME
For the second straight game junior defensive back Daren Ardis (Bradenton, Fla.) earned the Impact Play of the Game … With Western Carolina leading 7-0 early in the second quarter, the Catamounts were faced with 3rd-and-18 from the ETSU 40 when quarterback Tyrie Adams aired one out to Terryon Robinson in the back corner of the end zone … Ardis stayed with Robinson down field and timed his jump perfectly to tip the ball away from the Catamount receiver, forcing WCU to punt.
Senior wide receiver Chad Pritchard (Elizabethton, Tenn.) also earned Impact Play of the Game honors for his 28-yard reception on a 3rd-and-8 play from the ETSU 10-yard line early in the second quarter … On the ensuing drive following the Ardis pass break-up, Herink found Pritchard for a 28-yard completion on the ETSU sideline to continue the drive and it eventually led to JJ Jerman’s 43-yard field goal.
SCOUT TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
This week Coach Torbush and the Buccaneer coaching staff recognized Colton Lakes (Loveland, Ohio) and Tony Francois (Ooltewah, Tenn.) as the “Scout Team Players of the Week.”
Lakes is a 6-foot-5, 221-pound freshman linebacker and Francois is a 5-foot-9, 166-pound redshirt sophomore wide receiver.
Multi-sport athlete at Loveland High School … Posted 106 tackles, three interceptions (one for touchdown) and two forced fumbles at Loveland HS … Two-time first team all-conference selection, while guiding Loveland to the D-2 State Championship title in 2013 … Tabbed team Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and received the Heart and Hustle Award as a senior … Hit .398 with a .442 on-base percentage in his career at Loveland HS … Is also playing baseball for head coach Tony Skole at ETSU.
Transferred to ETSU from Bethel University, while playing high school ball at East Hamilton … Earned all-district and all-state honors at East Hamilton … Led the state in receiving yards his senior season (1,400 yards) … Finished with 45 receptions and 18 touchdowns his senior year (averaged 116 receiving yards per game).
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