ETSU football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
ETSU center Matt Pyke earned Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game honors in the Bucs' win over VMI on Saturday.
ETSU football announces Bowman Jewelers Player of the Game awards
Sunday, November 5, 2017

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (Nov. 5, 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 24-6 win over VMI at William B. Greene, Jr. Stadium.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

MATT PYKE – RB – R-JR. – CLINTON, TENN.

-- Graded out at 89 percent

-- Posted a 91 percent snap rate

-- Totaled eight pancakes

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DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME

NASIR PLAYER – DL – R-SO. – COLUMBIA, S.C.

-- Finished with six tackles and two sacks

-- Had an interception returned for a touchdown to give ETSU a 10-0 lead in the first quarter

-- Three quarterback pressures  

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE GAME

QUAN HARRISON – WR – R-SO. – GREENEVILLE, TENN. 

-- Recorded 104 all-purpose yards

-- Posted 56 yards on two kickoff returns (28.0 average), including a long of 34 yards

-- Totaled five punt returns for 48 yards with a long of 15 yards  

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EFFORT PLAYS OF THE GAME

This week the Buccaneer coaching staff announced two Effort Plays of the Game … The first being redshirt freshman wide receiver Braxton Richburg (Hoschton, Ga.) chasing down VMI linebacker Ryan Francis on his 37-yard fumble return, which saved a potential touchdown in the second quarter … The second play came from junior defensive lineman Tremond Ferrell (Washington, Ga.) on a 3rd-and-10 play in the third quarter where VMI’s quarterback scrambled and found Alex Ramsey for a gain of six, but Ferrell tackled him to force a punt, which then led to an ETSU scoring drive.

SHOW TEAM PLAYERS OF THE WEEK

This week Coach Torbush and the Buccaneer coaching staff recognized Asley Haynes (Roan Mountain, Tenn.) and Donovan Swinger (Anderson, S.C.) as the “Show Team Players of the Week.” 

Hayes is a 6-foot-2, 287-pound redshirt junior offensive lineman and Swinger is a 6-foot-1, 205-pound freshman linebacker.

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