ETSU Football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
River Boruff celebrates his fumble recovery in the third quarter against West Virginia Wesleyan.
ETSU Football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
Friday, October 21, 2016

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Oct. 21, 2016) – Following each game during the 2016 college football season, ETSU head coach Carl Torbush announces the Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game Awards. 

Below are the Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Game, along with the “Effort and Impact Plays” and “Show Team Players of the Week” awards from Thursday’s win over West Virginia Wesleyan.       

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jajuan Stinson – RB – Knoxville, Tenn.

  • Rushed for a career-high 127 yards on 11 carries and had one touchdown
  • Posted a career-best 66-yard run in the third quarter, which led to a touchdown
  • Averaged 11.5 yards per carry
  • Two receptions for 24 yards
  • Fourth career 100-yard rushing game
  • Finished with 151 all-purpose yards (127 rushing/24 receiving) 

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

Jeremy Lewis – DB – Lawrenceville, Ga.

  • Graded out at 90 percent
  • Totaled five tackles
  • Four solo tackles
  • One pass breakup
  • Allowed just one reception on 16 plays featuring man coverage
  • Played 41 snaps 

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE GAME

Landon Kunak – K/P – Spartanburg, S.C.

  • Totaled 428 yards on seven kickoffs
  • Three of his seven kickoffs went for touchbacks
  • Three deep kickoffs that were returned out of the end zone
  • One area kick
  • Averaged 61.1 yards per kickoff

Artevius Smith – WR – Birmingham, Ala.

  • Two tackles on kickoff coverage
  • Had excellent coverage on kickoffs and punts
  • Had one rush for eight yards 

IMPACT PLAY OF THE GAME

Sophomore linebacker River Boruff (Sparta, Tenn.) was awarded the “Impact Play of the Game” award … With ETSU leading 24-7 and the Bobcats inside the red zone late in the third quarter, Boruff forced running back Jerel English to fumble the ball on the ETSU 19 yard line and recovered the football to stop the potential scoring drive … On ETSU’s first play following the turnover, Jajuan Stinson ripped off a 66-yard run and the Bucs later scored a touchdown on the turnover to go up, 31-7. 

EFFORT PLAY OF THE GAME

Sophomore linebacker Trey Quillin (New Albany, Ohio) was tabbed with the “Effort Play of the Game” award … On West Virginia Wesleyan’s first play of the second quarter, Quillin used his speed to track down running back Michael Anderson on a 17-yard run … The Bobcats were later forced to punt and the Bucs turned the next drive into a 12-play, 70-yard scoring drive to go up, 14-0. 

SHOW TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

This week Coach Torbush and the Buccaneer coaching staff recognized DJ Vanderwerf (Sweetwater, Tenn.) and Blake Bockrath (Loveland, Ohio) as the “Show Team Players of the Week.” 

Vanderwerf is a 6-foot-2, 205-pound freshman quarterback and Bockrath is a 6-foot-6, 220-pound freshman linebacker.   

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