SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week Monday for all games played Oct. 6. Samford swept the awards, as quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the Offensive Player of the Week, linebacker Tre'Shun Floyd was named Defensive Player of the Week and placekicker Mitchell Fineran was named Special Teams Player of the Week. The players of the week are selected by the league office. Student-athletes from the same school won the offensive, defensive and special teams honors in the same week for the first time since Appalachian State did so on Oct. 19, 2009.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Devlin Hodges, Samford, R-Sr., QB, Kimberly, Ala.
Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges set or tied six school records and three SoCon records in the Bulldogs’ 66-28 win over Western Carolina on Saturday. The redshirt senior was 44-for-60 for 562 yards and six touchdowns through the air and added 24 rushing yards and another TD on the ground. His 562 passing yards and 586 yards of total offense were new SoCon marks, while his four first-quarter scoring throws matched the league record for passing TDs in a quarter. His seven total TDs were a Samford record, and his six TD throws and 44 completions matched the school marks. He extended his league records for career 300-yard passing games (25) and 400-yard passing games (eight) and his school mark for consecutive games with a TD pass to 19.
Other nominees: Quay Holmes (ETSU), Bryce Nunnelly (Chattanooga) and Joe Newman (Wofford).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tre’Shun Floyd, So., LB, Auburn, Ala.
Samford linebacker Tre’Shun Floyd had three takeaways and five total tackles that included a 6-yard sack in the Bulldogs’ win over Western Carolina. The sophomore forced a fumble on the Catamounts’ first play from scrimmage that Samford recovered at WCU’s 24-yard line and cashed in for a touchdown two plays later. On Western Carolina’s second drive, Floyd would recover another Catamount fumble at their 35, which Samford was again able to convert into a TD to take a 14-0 lead just three minutes into the game. Floyd picked up his sack in the second quarter and added his first career interception in the third, which led to another Bulldog touchdown.
Other nominees: Dylan Weigel (ETSU), Michael Bean (Chattanooga) and Domo Lemon (Wofford).
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mitchell Fineran, Samford, Fr., PK, Fort Valley, Ga.
Samford placekicker Mitchell Fineran earned his third weekly award of the season after a busy day against Western Carolina in the Bulldogs’ 66-28 win. In addition to going 9-for-9 in extra-point opportunities, Fineran added a 40-yard field goal on his only attempt of the day to personally account for 12 points in the victory. Fineran also handled kickoff duties, doing so nine times for an average of 58.6 yards and three touchbacks.
Other nominees: JJ Jerman (ETSU) and Victor Ulmo (Chattanooga).
2018 SoCon Football Players of the Week
Sept. 3 Bryce Nunnelly, So., WR, Chattanooga
Sept. 10 Bryce Nunnelly, So., WR, Chattanooga
Sept. 17 Robert Riddle, R-Fr., QB, Mercer
Sept. 24 Reece Udinski, So., QB, VMI
Oct. 1 Tyrie Adams, R-Jr., QB, Western Carolina
Oct. 8 Devlin Hodges, R-Sr., QB, Samford
Sept. 3 Noah Dawkins, Sr., LB, The Citadel
Sept. 10 Aaron Harris, Sr., LB, Samford
Sept. 17 Jared Folks, R-Sr., LB, ETSU
Sept. 24 Marshall Cooper, Jr., LB, Chattanooga
Oct. 1 Nasir Player, R-Jr., DL, ETSU
Oct. 8 Tre’Shun Floyd, So., LB, Samford
Sept. 3 Mitchell Fineran, Fr., PK, Samford
Sept. 10 Mitchell Fineran, Fr., PK, Samford
Sept. 17 Cole Fisher, Sr., PK, Mercer
Sept. 24 Rod Johnson, RB/KR, Jr., The Citadel
Oct. 1 Dejuan Bell, WR/RS, Fr., Furman
Oct. 8 Mitchell Fineran, Fr., PK, Samford