Big South Announces Football Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Liberty running back Aldreakis Allen (Colbert, Ga.) and Stony Brook running back Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) have been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Co-Offensive Players of the Week, while Gardner-Webb linebacker Tanner Burch (Savannah, Ga.) has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week for games played the seventh week of the regular-season.  Runnin' Bulldogs kick returner J.J. Hubbard (Tampa, Fla.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week, and Charleston Southern wide receiver Larry Jones III (Jacksonville, Fla.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.

Allen rushed for a career-high 183 yards on 13 carries and tied the Big South single-game record with four rushing touchdowns in the Flames' road win at Presbyterian College.  He averaged 14.1 yards per carry, did not have a rush go for negative yards and had five rushes of 10 yards-or-longer -- including three over 30 yards.  Allen scored on runs of 59, 10, 35 and 5 yards against the Blue Hose.

Maysonet rushed for a career-high 233 yards on 26 carries and two touchdowns in the Seawolves' road win at Coastal Carolina.  He gained 199 yards in the second half, which included runs of 58 and 64, and his two scores came in the final 24 minutes of the game that gave Stony Brook the lead both times.

Burch posted a career-high 18 tackles, including 10 solo stops, as well as two tackles-for-loss, one pass break-up and one quarterback hurry in leading Gardner-Webb to its first victory of the season.  One of his stops behind the line came on a fourth-and-inches play in the fourth quarter that gave GWU the ball back for the game-winning drive.

Hubbard tallied 171 kick return yards on four returns to help Gardner-Webb's field position.  His 50-yard punt return with 44 seconds left in the first half set-up a GWU touchdown and a 23-14 halftime lead.  He averaged 40.3 yards on his three kickoff returns, one of which was a 63-yarder that led to another offensive touchdown.

Jones III caught two passes for 82 yards in Charleston Southern's Big South win over VMI -- scoring touchdowns on both catches.  His first career score was a 31-yard reception that gave the Bucs a 13-0 first quarter lead.  Jones III added his second touchdown late in the first half on a 51-yard halfback pass and fought his way the final 10 yards to reach the end zone to give CSU a 19-7 halftime advantage.

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Malcolm Dixon (Charleston Southern), Jeremy Height (Coastal Carolina)

Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Will Hunt (Charleston Southern), Quinton Davis (Coastal Carolina), Walt Aikens (Liberty)

Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Austin Cain (Coastal Carolina)

Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Azziz Higgins (Gardner-Webb), Chima Uzowihe (Liberty)

2012 Offensive Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
Sept. 10 - Aramis Hillary, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 17 - Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
Sept. 24 - Aramis Hillary, Coastal Carolina
Oct. 1 - Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook
Oct. 8 - Josh Woodrum, Liberty & Kyle Essington, Stony Brook
Oct. 15 - Aldreakis Allen, Liberty & Miguel Maysonet, Stony Brook

2012 Defensive Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Dontavais Johnson, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 10 - Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 17 - Tanner Burch, Gardner-Webb
Sept. 24 - Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina
Oct. 1 - Stony Brook Defense
Oct. 8 - Adam Morgan, VMI
Oct. 15 - Tanner Burch, Gardner-Webb

2012 Special Team Players of the Week
Sept. 3 - Michael Ruff, Presbyterian
Sept. 10 - Kevin Fogg, Liberty and Alex Catron, Coastal Carolina
Sept. 17 - Bo Lindsey, Gardner-Webb
Sept. 24 - John Lunsford, Liberty
Oct. 1 - Wesley Skiffington, Stony Brook
Oct. 8 - John Lunsford, Liberty
Oct. 15 - J.J. Hubbard, Gardner-Webb

2012 Freshmen of the Week
Sept. 3 - John Lunsford, Liberty
Sept. 10 - Jamie Williams, Stony Brook
Sept. 17 - Josh Woodrum, Liberty
Sept. 24 - Tamyn Garrick, Presbyterian
Oct. 1 - Bryson Brindle, Presbyterian
Oct. 8 - Carlton Heard, Gardner-Webb
Oct. 15 - Larry Jones III, Charleston Southern