Big South Conference Announces Football Players Of The Week

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (www.BigSouthSports.com) – Gardner-Webb running back Ricky Rhodes (Richmond, Ky.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Liberty defensive back KaJuan Lee (Newport News, Va.) has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week for games played the eighth week of the regular-season. Liberty’s Kevin Fogg (Raleigh, N.C.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Gardner-Webb kicker Trever Austin (Shelby, N.C.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.

Rhodes, who began the season as a slot receiver, rushed for a career-high 143 yards on 33 carries at Coastal Carolina, and added a five-yard touchdown “jump pass” out of the wildcat formation that gave GWU a 20-13 third quarter lead. Rhodes’ 43-yard run on the first play of the third quarter set up the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ first touchdown of the night, and he recorded six offensive plays of 10 yards or more. He also hauled in three receptions for 20 yards and totaled 202 all-purpose yards in the win over the Chanticleers. Rhodes started at running back in place of injured starter Kenny Little.

Lee finished with five tackles (three solo, two assisted) and returned an interception 100 yards for a touchdown in the Flames’ win at Charleston Southern. Lee stopped the Bucs from scoring inside the red zone with his pick in the end zone to give Liberty a 21-0 advantage instead of a possible 14-7 edge if CSU converted on the drive. It was his first interception of the year, and set a school record for longest interception return.

Fogg opened the second half against Charleston Southern with an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, shedding eight would-be tacklers along the way to push the Flames to a 38-0 lead. It was his second kickoff return for a score this season, making him one of two FCS players in the country with that total. Fogg also had one of Liberty’s four interceptions, returning it 36 yards.

Austin tied a Big South single-game record with four field goals, including a game-winning 31-yarder as time expired to defeat Coastal Carolina. He finished the night with 14 points on 2-of-2 PATs and 4-of-4 field goal attempts, hitting from 22, 22, 32 and 31 yards. Austin’s first field goal tied the game at 3-3, his second gave GWU a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter, and his third field goal capped a lengthy 5:14 drive in the fourth quarter that put the Runnin’ Bulldogs ahead 23-17.

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Nathan Perera (Charleston Southern), Matt Hazel (Coastal Carolina), Aldreakis Allen (Liberty), Kevin Norrell (Stony Brook).

Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina), Marty Patterson (Gardner-Webb), Jawara Dudley (Stony Brook).

Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Tre Henderson (Coastal Carolina), Graham Purvis (Gardner-Webb), Grant Nakwaasah (Stony Brook).

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