SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week today for all games played Nov. 5. Wofford’s David Marvin was tabbed as the Special Teams Player of the Week. The Citadel’s Tyler Renew was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Western Carolina’s Keion Crossen earned the Defensive Player of the Week award. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
In addition, Marvin was named Monday as the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week. Marvin joins Sam Houston State’s Nathan Stewart (Freshman), The Citadel’s Tyler Renew (Offensive), UT Martin’s Kahlid Hagens (Defensive) as the STATS FCS National Players of the Week for games played Nov. 3-5.
This is the third Southern Conference Player of the Week honor for Marvin this season and the fourth of his career. He also earned National Player of the Week honors in 2014 after his performance against Georgia Tech. For the season, he is 12-of-16 on field goals and 30-of-30 on extra points to rank second on the team with 66 points. Marvin is also averaging 46.9 yards per punt which leads the SoCon.
Marvin turned in a strong all-around kicking performance for the Terriers as Wofford held off Furman, 34-27 Saturday afternoon. Marvin, a junior from Charlotte, N.C., booted a 54-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Terriers a 10-6 advantage. He then kicked a 57-yard field goal on the final play of the second quarter to give the Terriers a 20-13 halftime lead. His 57-yard effort tied the league record for longest made field goal. Marvin previously kicked a 57-yarder against Western Carolina earlier this season. The senior averaged 43.8 yards on four punts and placed two inside the Furman 20-yard line. He averaged 59.5 yards on six kickoffs and forced two touchbacks. Other Nominees: Cody Clark (The Citadel), Reece Everett (Samford) and Ezavian Dunn (Western Carolina).
Renew rushed for a career-high 285 yards and a personal-best three touchdowns as The Citadel stayed unbeaten with a 37-34 overtime win over No. 18 Samford on Saturday. Renew narrowly missed the school mark of 286 rushing yards set in 1988. It was the highest rushing performance in the SoCon this season and the second-highest in the FCS. Renew’s 285 yards was the first 200-yard rushing performance at The Citadel since 2013 and the most by a SoCon player since Georgia Southern’s Jerick McKinnon rushed for 316 against Central Arkansas in 2012. Other Nominees: Drake Powell (ETSU), Reese Hannon (Furman), John Russ (Mercer), Devlin Hodges (Samford), Terryon Robinson (Western Carolina) and Brandon Goodson (Wofford).
Crossen had a strong all-around day for the Catamounts as Western Carolina topped VMI, 32-29. Midway through the second quarter with WCU holding a 7-3 advantage, Crossen stepped in front of an Austin Coulling pass and returned it 65 yards to the VMI 11-yard line, setting up a Catamount touchdown. The junior added two tackles and also scored a touchdown on special teams as he scooped up a fumble and returned it 19 yards for a score on the opening kickoff. Other Nominees: Tevin Floyd (The Citadel), Dylan Weigel (ETSU), Eric Jackson (Mercer), Ahmad Gooden (Samford), and Jaleel Green (Wofford).
Wofford will visit Chattanooga on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in a game that can be seen on the SoCon Digital Network. The Terriers will return to Gibbs Stadium for the regular season finale on November 19 against VMI at 1:30 p.m.