SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week Monday for all games played Saturday, Nov. 9. The Citadel quarterback Ben Dupree was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Furman’s Marcus McMorris was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week. Chattanooga linebacker Nakevion Leslie earned the league’s Freshman of the Week honor, while teammate Nick Pollard was named the Special Teams Player of the Week. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ben Dupree, The Citadel, Sr., QB, Harrisburg, Pa.
Quarterback Ben Dupree led the Bulldogs to a 35-10 win at Elon on Saturday. The senior signal-caller carried 18 times for 64 yards and scored three touchdowns. The Harrisburg, Pa., native also completed 4-of-6 passes for a career-high 166 yards and a touchdown. Dupree connected with Darien Robinson on a 65-yard touchdown pass on the second play from scrimmage in the second half to push the Bulldogs ahead, 21-10. He leads the SoCon with 15 touchdowns this season as has found the end zone 33 times in his career.
Other Nominees: Andrew Peacock (Appalachian State), Jerick McKinnon (Georgia Southern), Fabian Truss (Samford), Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga), Karnorris Benson (Western Carolina) and Donovan Johnson (Wofford).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marcus McMorris, Furman, Jr., LB, Newberry, S.C.
Junior Marcus McMorris made an immediate impact at linebacker for the Paladins in their 35-17 win over Samford on Saturday. Making his first career start at linebacker after switching from his safety position, McMorris recorded a career-high 11 tackles. During the second quarter, he recorded a sack, forced a fumble and recovered the ball on Samford’s 11-yard line to set up Furman’s offense with a short field. The Paladins scored two plays later to take a 14-6 lead. McMorris then returned an interception 89 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal Furman’s victory.
Other Nominees: Karl Anderson (Appalachian State), Tevin Floyd (The Citadel), Lavelle Westbrooks (Georgia Southern), Justin Cooper (Samford), Wes Dothard (Chattanooga), Christon Gill (Western Carolina) and Mike McCrimon (Wofford).
FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Nakevion Leslie, Chattanooga LB, Powder Springs, Ga.
Nakevion Leslie made his third career start and posted a game-high 14 tackles in Chattanooga’s 20-10 win over Wofford. The victory gave the Mocs at least a share of the Southern Conference championship. Leslie recorded 10 solo tackles and 1.5 tackles for loss in the win. He also recorded his first sack of the season for minus-3 yards.
Other Nominees: Marcus Cox (Appalachian State), Tevin Floyd (The Citadel), Andrej Suttles (Furman), Kevin Ellison (Georgia Southern), Karel Hamilton (Samford), Terryon Robinson (Western Carolina) and Evan Jacks (Wofford).
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nick Pollard, Chattanooga, Jr., PK/P, Smyrna, Tenn.
Junior Nick Pollard connected on 2-of-3 field goal attempts, including a 42-yard effort in UTC’s victory. He also made both extra points for a season-high eight points. Pollard also averaged 54.7 yards on three punts, including a 78-yard kick in the second quarter. His 78-yard boot was the longest kick in the SoCon this season and was the fourth-longest in school history.
Other Nominees: Drew Stewart (Appalachian State), Eric Goins (The Citadel), Alex Hanks (Georgia Southern), Fabian Truss (Samford), Clark Sechrest (Western Carolina) and Kasey Redfern (Wofford).