Big South Announces Football Players of the Week


CHARLOTTE, N.C. ( - Charleston Southern running back Teddy Allen (Avon Park, Fla.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina linebacker Quinn Backus (Greenwood, S.C.) has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week for games played the eighth week of the regular-season.  Stony Brook kicker Wesley Skiffington (Brandon, 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 153 yards and tied a school- and Big South single-game record with four rushing touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers to a 31-21 come-from-behind win against Presbyterian College.  He averaged 7.3 yards per carry and rushed for scores of 63, 6, 2 and 18 yards to help rally the squad from an early 14-0 deficit.  Allen's 153 rushing yards were the sixth-most in a game in school history and the most by a CSU running back since 2005.

Backus led an impressive defensive performance against VMI with a team-high nine tackles and one sack.  He had six second-half stops, including a nine-yard sack early in the third quarter that led to an eventual punt.  Backus led a defense that allowed just 16 rushing yards (0.6 per carry), 3.8 yards per play overall, had five sacks and nine tackles-for-loss, as well as two forced turnovers on downs and eight punts -- including punts on the Keydets' first seven possessions.

Skiffington bounced back from last week's rough outing at Coastal Carolina to finish with 11 points against Gardner-Webb on 5-of-5 PATs and 2-of-2 field goals -- both from beyond 40 yards.  His career-long 48-yarder opened the game's scoring, and he added a 45-yard field goal late in the second quarter to give Stony Brook a 10-point cushion.  Skiffington is the first Big South kicker to make two field goals from at least 45 yards in a game since 2009.

Jones III caught three passes for 73 yards to help open things up for the Buccaneers' option game in a 31-21 win against Presbyterian.  He had a 31-yard reception on CSU's first scoring drive, and added a 30-yard catch on the Bucs' opening drive of the second half to set-up a field goal.

Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Pat Williams (Coastal Carolina), Sirchauncey Holloway (Liberty), Demarcus Rouse (Presbyterian College), Miguel Maysonet (Stony Brook)

Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Elijah Lee (Charleston Southern), Brent Vinson (Liberty), Donelle Williams (Presbyterian College), Dominick Reyes (Stony Brook)

Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Tyler Watkins (Coastal Carolina), Bo Lindsey (Gardner-Webb)

Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Richie Sampson (Coastal Carolina), Darrin Peterson (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
Oct. 22 - Teddy Allen, Charleston Southern

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
Oct. 22 - Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina

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
Oct. 22 - Wesley Skiffington, Stony Brook

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
Oct. 22 - Larry Jones III, Charleston Southern