SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week today for all games played Oct. 6-8. Wofford’s David Marvin was tabbed as the Special Teams Player of the Week. Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Chattanooga’s Montrell Pardue earned the Defensive Player of the Week award. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
Wofford’s David Marvin handled all three phases of the kicking game for the Terriers in their 31-19 win at Western Carolina on Saturday night. Marvin set a new school record with a career-long 57-yard field goal in the first quarter. The kick tied the league record for longest field goal in conference history and was the longest since 2000.
The junior from Charlotte, N.C. was 4-of-4 on PATs and punted three times for an average of 57.0 yards per punt. Marvin kicked off six times and recorded four touchbacks against the Catamounts. This marked his second Special Teams Player of the Week honor, having received the award on September 1, 2014 after his performance at Georgia Tech. Other Nominees: Austin Barnard (Samford) and Tae Davis (Chattanooga).
Samford’s Devlin Hodges completed 27-of-38 passes for 411 yards with three touchdowns strikes as Samford topped Furman, 38-21 Saturday afternoon. The sophomore also scored a 7-yard rushing touchdown in the win and became the first Bulldog quarterback to pass for 400 yards since 2013. All three of his touchdown passes went to Karel Hamilton. The Kimberly, Ala., native ranks fifth nationally with 327.0 yards passing per game. Other Nominees: Cam Jackson (The Citadel), Marquise Irvin (Mercer), Alejandro Bennifield (Chattanooga), Al Cobb (VMI) and Lorenzo Long (Wofford).
Chattanooga’s Montrell Pardue tied his career high with eight tackles in UTC’s 52-31 homecoming win over Mercer on Saturday afternoon. Pardue was credited with two tackles for loss, resulting in minus-11 yards. Midway through the third quarter, the sophomore stepped in front of a John Russ pass and returned it 29 yards for a touchdown, which was his second career score after returning a fumble for a touchdown against Jacksonville State in 2015. Other Nominees: Tevin Floyd (The Citadel), Will Coneway (Mercer), Shaheed Salmon (Samford), Ryan Francis (VMI) and Datavious Wilson (Wofford).
Wofford is off this week and will return to action on Saturday, October 22 against The Citadel.