SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week today for all games played Sept. 3-5. Samford’s Michael Eubank was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while The Citadel’s Tevin Floyd earned the Defensive Player of the Week award. Chattanooga’s Henrique Ribeiro 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: Michael Eubank, Samford, Sr., QB, Corona, Calif.
Samford quarterback Michael Eubank led the Bulldogs to a 45-16 win over Central Arkansas Thursday night. He passed for a career-high 372 yards in the win. The senior also set a new career high with four touchdown passes, completing TD strikes of 66, 55, 35 and 16 yards in the win. Three of Eubank’s touchdowns came in the first half as the Bulldogs carried a 28-13 lead into halftime.
Other Nominees: Isiaha Smith (The Citadel), Reese Hannon (Furman), Alex Lakes (Mercer), Jacob Huesman (Chattanooga), Al Cobb (VMI), Troy Mitchell (Western Carolina) and Nick Colvin (Wofford).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tevin Floyd, The Citadel, Jr., LB, Tallahassee, Fla.
The Citadel’s Tevin Floyd tied for the team high with eight tackles in the Bulldogs’ 69-0 win over Davidson on Saturday night. Floyd closed the first quarter with a 28-yard interception return for a touchdown to give The Citadel a 21-0 lead. It was his second career score and the first for a Bulldog defender since 2013. The Citadel’s shutout was its first of an FCS opponent since 2005 and its first season-opening shutout since 1987.
Other Nominees: Lee Bennett (Mercer), Justin Cooper (Samford), Keionta Davis (Chattanooga), Tyson Dickson (Western Carolina) and Drake Michaelson (Wofford).
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Henrique Ribeiro, Chattanooga, Jr., PK/P, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Henrique Ribeiro turned in a strong all-around performance for Chattanooga as the Mocs fell to Jacksonville State, 23-20, Saturday night. Ribeiro connected on both of his field-goal attempts, including a long of 33 yards. He averaged 51.5 yards per punt, including a career-long 61-yard boot in the fourth quarter. The junior also handled the kickoff duties for UTC and averaged 61.0 yards on five kicks. With two PATs, Ribeiro has now made 45 straight PATs, the 10th-longest streak in league history.
Other Nominees: Eric Goins (The Citadel), Anthony Pistelli (Samford), Ian Berryman (Western Carolina) and Brian Sanders (Wofford).