SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week today for all games played Sept. 1-3. The Citadel’s Tyler Renew was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Wofford’s Jaleel Green earned the Defensive Player of the Week award. ETSU’s JJ Jerman was tabbed as the Special Teams Player of the Week. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tyler Renew, The Citadel, Sr., RB, Columbia, S.C.
Senior running back Tyler Renew helped The Citadel open the season with a 24-23 comeback win at Mercer on Thursday night. Renew carried 27 times for 146 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a 70-yard run on just the second play of the game to give the Bulldogs an early lead. Renew also caught one pass for 15 yards. Renew now has rushed for at least 100 yards in four of his last five games, dating back to last season.
Other Nominees: Austin Herink (ETSU), Darius Morehead (Furman), John Russ (Mercer), Devlin Hodges (Samford), Alejandro Bennifield (Chattanooga), Quan Myers (VMI), Detrez Newsome (Western Carolina) and Brad Butler (Wofford).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jaleel Green, Wofford, Sr., S, Jacksonville, Fla.
Senior safety Jaleel Green helped Wofford preserve a 21-7 victory at Tennessee Tech last Thursday. With the Terriers holding a 14-point lead, Green intercepted Micha Birdsong at the Wofford 5-yard line with 4:48 left in the game, allowing the Terriers’ offense to run out the clock and preserve the win. Green added five tackles, including three solo stops, in the win.
Other Nominees: Jonathan King (The Citadel), Nasir Player (ETSU), Tyler Ward (Mercer), Jamerson Blount (Samford), Vantrel McMillan (Chattanooga), Ryan Francis (VMI) and Tyson Dickson (Western Carolina).
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: JJ Jerman, ETSU, So., PK, Seymour, Tenn.
JJ Jerman kicked a 24-yard field goal in double overtime to lift ETSU to a 20-17 win at Kennesaw State on Saturday night. Jerman was 2-for-2 on field-goal attempts on the night, as he kicked a 37-yarder in the second quarter to open the scoring. The sophomore also went 2-for-2 on PATs.
Other Nominees: Cody Clark (The Citadel), Cole Fisher (Mercer), Austin Barnard (Samford), Henrique Ribeiro (Chattanooga), Ian Berryman (Western Carolina) and David Marvin (Wofford).