Six MSU football players earn national weekly honors
Times Staff Report
MOREHEAD - Left tackle Joshua Brunner, left guard Kalvin Harrington, center Joey Clegg, right guard Eric Matteson, right tackle Alex Hey and wide receiver Donte Sawyer have all earned weekly honors from Beyond Sports College Network after Morehead State University’s 70-28 thumping of Campbell.
Brunner, Harrington, Clegg, Matteson and Hey are part of BSCN’s Football Championship Subdivision National Offensive Line of the Week, while Sawyer picks up National Kick Returner of the Week accolades after helping MSU score its most points against a Division I opponent since 2000.
With the offensive line blocking, the Eagles rolled up season highs in total (700), passing (469) and rushing yards (231). The group helped senior quarterback Zach Lewis throw for 339 yards and five touchdowns, while sophomore Rees Macshara added 110 rushing yards and one score.
The Morehead State offensive line allowed 3.73 sacks per game a year ago, but has limited that number to 1.13 through eight games in 2012. The Eagles have also improved their rushing yards per contest from 121 in 2011 to 145 through eight affairs this season.
A preseason all-league selection by three media outlets, Sawyer earns his third accolade of the week. He was also named National Kick Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards and PFL Special Teams Player of the Week by the league office.
Sawyer broke a tie game in the second quarter by returning a kick-off 94 yards. It was the PFL’s fifth kick return for a score this year and MSU’s first since 2001. The Eagles scored 35 unanswered points, their largest such streak in 2012, and never looked back in the win.
Sawyer, who also collected six catches for 89 yards and one touchdown, set the Morehead State career record for receptions (171). He already owns the MSU career standards for receiving yards (2,091) and receiving touchdowns (21) in 40 games as an Eagle.
Morehead State will continue its home slate on Saturday when league opponent Davidson visits Jayne Stadium at 1 p.m. As part of Patriotic Day, all military, police, fire and EMS personnel will receive a free ticket to the game.
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