SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Oct. 1, 2018)– For the second time in three weeks, ETSU football has received Southern Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors, as redshirt junior defensive lineman Nasir Player (Columbia, S.C.) earned the weekly honor on Monday for his performance in last weekend’s game versus No. 24/20 Chattanooga.
Player totaled six tackles (three solo), three sacks, two forced fumbles and three hurries in the Bucs’ 17-14 win over No. 24/20 Chattanooga on Saturday night in Greene Stadium. In the second quarter with ETSU leading 14-0 but UTC driving in plus territory, Player caused his first fumble and earned a sack on the same play. Later in the quarter, Player recorded another fumble on a sack, again squelching a long Chattanooga drive.
The Columbia, S.C. native led a Buccaneer defense that finished with five sacks and 12 tackles for loss – both marking season-highs for a Chattanooga opponent. The Bucs also held Chattanooga to season lows in offensive yards (321) and points.
With the win, ETSU improved to 4-1 overall, 3-0 in the SoCon, and is in first-place of the SoCon standings. The Bucs are off to their best start since also going 4-1 in 1999 and best SoCon start since 1996.
Player joins linebacker Jared Folks (Harrisburg, Va.)as the two Buccaneer players to earn SoCon Defensive Player of the Week honors this season. Folks received the weekly award following ETSU’s win over VMI.
ETSU wraps up its three-game homestand this Saturday when the Bucs host Gardner-Webb on Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. inside Greene Stadium.
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