JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Sept. 24, 2017) – Following each game during the 2017 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” and “Show Team Players of the Week” awards.
Below are the recipients from Saturday’s game 26-23 overtime win over Mercer.
OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE GAME
JAJUAN STINSON – RB – R-JR. – KNOXVILLE, TENN.
-- Four receptions for 60 yards, including the game-winning 25-yard catch in overtime
-- Ten rushing attempts for 34 yards
-- Excellent blocking
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
AUSTIN GATEWOOD – LB – R-JR. – OOLTEWAH, TENN.
-- Recorded four solo tackles (two tackles for loss)
-- Graded out at 93-percent
-- Key third down tackle for loss, which set up Cole Fisher’s 35-yard missed field in the fourth quarter
TREMOND FERRELL – DL – JR. – WASHINGTON, GA.
-- Finished with six hits (two solo tackles)
-- Graded out at 82-percent
-- One quarterback hurry
-- Forced the first-quarter fumble, which resulted in Dylan Weigel’s (Pickerington, Ohio) 50-yard return
CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE GAME
JD GRIFFIN – LB – SO. – KODAK, TENN.
-- Two solo tackles (both tackles for loss)
-- One sack
-- Was 2-of-3 on kickoff return; Forced two fair catches
LANDON KUNAK – K/P – R-SO. – SPARTANBURG, S.C.
-- Five kickoffs for 321 yards (64.2 yards per kickoff)
-- Three of five kickoffs went for touchbacks
EFFORT PLAY OF THE GAME
Redshirt sophomore defensive end Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C.) earned this week’s Effort Play of the Game … On a 3rd-and-9 screen pass,Player tackled Chandler Curtis for a gain of three, which forced a three-and-out on Mercer’s opening possession of the third quarter … The tackle marked one his three solo tackles on the night.
SHOW TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
This week Coach Torbush and the Buccaneer coaching staff recognized Tre’mond Shorts (Hampton, Ga.) and Bryce Suber (Lebanon, Tenn.) and Charlie Jackson (Christiansburg, Va.) as the “Show Team Players of the Week.”
Shorts is a 6-foot-4, 338-pound freshman offensive lineman, while Suber is a 5-foot-10, 184-pound senior defensive back and Jackson is a 6-foot-2, 192-pound defensive back.
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