SoCon Honors Mocs Rashun Freeman and Aaron Sears
(soconsports.com) SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its Football Player of the Week awards presented by GEICO on Monday for all games played Oct. 23. Western Carolina quarterback Carlos Davis was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while Chattanooga claimed a pair of awards for the second straight Monday, with Rashun Freeman and Aaron Sears tabbed the Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively. The awards are selected by the league office.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Rashun Freeman, Sr., DB, Chattanooga, Ooltewah, Tenn.
Chattanooga defensive back Rashun Freeman helped the Mocs shut down Samford’s high-flying offense in a 55-13 road win. The senior from Ooltewah, Tennessee, had five tackles on the day, one of which was for a loss, and intercepted a pass and returned it 2 yards for a touchdown for his first career pick-six. Freeman also had a pass breakup on the afternoon, helping Chattanooga hold the Bulldogs 26.7 points, 216.7 passing yards and 291.5 total yards below their season averages. Samford came into the contest ranked fourth in the FCS in total offense but was held to just 200 yards on the day.
Other nominees: Donovan Manuel (ETSU), Parker Stokes (Furman), Isaac Dowling (Mercer), Ricky Palao (Western Carolina) and Joe Beckett (Wofford).
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Aaron Sears, Fr., PK, Chattanooga, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Chattanooga placekicker Aaron Sears earned his second weekly honor of the season after scoring a season-high 13 points in the Mocs’ 55-13 win at Samford. The freshman from Murfreesboro, Tennessee, was 7-for-7 on point-after tries and went 2-for-2 on field goals, connecting from 21 yards to stretch UTC’s lead to 17-3 early in the second quarter and adding a 40-yarder in the third to push the advantage to 34-3. Now with 10 made field goals on the season, Sears is just the third Chattanooga freshman in program history to reach double digits in a season and one back of the team’s freshman record set by Rodney Allen in 1989.