Football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
Senior wide receiver Chad Pritchard earned "Impact Play of the Game" honors for his 28-yard catch on 3rd-and-8 on Saturday vs. Western Carolina.
Football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.      


Austin Herink – QB – Cleveland, Tenn.

  • Was 24-for-37 with 269 yards passing and three touchdowns
  • Set new career highs in completions and passing yards, while tying a career high in touchdowns
  • Had 11 carries for 30 yards
  • Completed 10 of his final 12 passes, while leading ETSU on five straight scoring drives to end the game
  • Earned the award for the second straight game 

Mason McNutt – OL – Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Made first collegiate start (right guard)
  • Graded out at 88-percent
  • Three knockdowns and one winning block 


Daren Ardis – DB – Bradenton, Fla.

  • Finished with a career-high three pass break-ups
  • Totaled four solo tackles, including one sack
  • Forced a fumble for the second straight game, which led to ETSU's touchdown scoring drive right before halftime 


JJ Jerman – K – Seymour, Tenn.

  • Was 2-for-2 in field goal attempts
  • Made field goals from 43 and 30 yards
  • Made all four of PATs en route to extending his steak to 28 straight makes to start his collegiate career 


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.


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. 


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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