SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week Monday for all games played Oct. 28. Furman running back Antonio Wilcox was named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week, while Chattanooga’s Tae Davis and Victor Ulmo were tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Antonio Wilcox, Furman, Sr., RB, Fitzgerald, Ga.
Furman running back Antonio Wilcox ran for a career-high 202 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries in the Paladins’ 28-6 road upset of No. 20 Western Carolina on Saturday. The senior from Fitzgerald, Georgia, had a career-long 68-yard run in the third quarter to set up a Furman score and added a 48-yard scoring run in the fourth as the Paladins salted away their first win over a ranked team since 2013. Wilcox, who turned in the Paladins’ first 200-yard rushing performance since 2012, notched 167 of his yards in the second half and helped Furman to a season-best 363 team rushing effort. The Paladins have now won six straight games, their longest streak since 2005.
Other nominees: Brandon Rainey (The Citadel), Austin Herink (ETSU), Chris Shelling (Samford), Joseph Parker (Chattanooga), Detrez Newsom (Western Carolina) and Lennox McAfee (Wofford).
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tae Davis, Chattanooga, Sr., LB, Oxford, Ala.
Chattanooga linebacker Tae Davis had 14 tackles and a game-changing forced fumble in the Mocs’ 23-21 road win over No. 8 Samford on Saturday. The senior from Oxford, Alabama, stuffed the stat sheet on the day, adding a quarterback hurry and a pass break-up and counting 1.5 tackles for loss among his career-best tackle total, 11 of which were solo stops. With the Mocs trailing 21-20 and Samford inside the UTC 30-yard line threatening to add on, Davis forced a fumble with 2:37 left in the game to set up Chattanooga’s game-winning drive.
Other nominees: Aron Spann III (The Citadel), Nasir Player (ETSU), Bryan Okeh (Furman), Carter McManes (Samford), Marvin Tillman (Western Carolina) and Datavious Wilson (Wofford).
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Victor UImo, Chattanooga, Fr., K, Chattanooga, Tenn.
Chattanooga kicker Victor Ulmo kicked the game-winning field goal with 19 seconds left Saturday as the Mocs knocked off No. 8 Samford on the road, 23-21. The freshman from Chattanooga, Tennessee, also kicked off five times for an average of 64.0 yards per kick, recording one touchback. With Chattanooga trailing by one point late in the fourth quarter, Ulmo converted from 39 yards out to give the Mocs the win. The 39-yard make was the second-longest of the season for the rookie, who improved to 6-for-7 in field-goal attempts on the year and has made his last three.
Other nominees: JJ Jerman (ETSU), Jon Croft Hollingsworth (Furman), Ian Berryman (Western Carolina) and Ross Hammond (Wofford).
2017 Southern Conference Football Players of the Week
Sept. 4 Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina
Sept. 11 Detrez Newsome, Western Carolina
Sept. 18 Dominque Allen, The Citadel
Sept. 25 Tyrie Adams, Western Carolina
Oct. 2 Devlin Hodges, Samford
Oct. 9 Andre Stoddard, Wofford
Oct. 16 Brandon Goodson, Wofford
Oct. 23 Devlin Hodges, Samford
Oct. 30 Antonio Wilcox, Furman
Sept. 4 Malik Rivera, Wofford
Sept. 11 Devin Watson, Wofford
Sept. 18 Dylan Weigel, ETSU
Sept. 25 Keion Crossen, Western Carolina
Oct. 2 Tahjai Watt, Western Carolina
Oct. 9 Lee Bennett, Mercer
Oct. 16 John Brannon III, Western Carolina
Oct. 23 Omari Williams, Samford
Oct. 30 Tae Davis, Chattanooga
Sept. 4 Luke Carter, Wofford
Sept. 11 Cole Fisher, Mercer
Sept. 18 Austin Barnard, Samford
Sept. 25 JJ Jerman, ETSU
Oct. 2 Logan McCarter, Furman
Oct. 9 Luke Carter, Wofford
Oct. 16 Jon Croft Hollingsworth, Furman
Oct. 23 Joshua Gibson, Western Carolina
Oct. 30 Victor Ulmo, Chattanooga