From The Great American Conference
The Great American Conference has announced the league's Offensive, Defensive and Special Team Players of the Week for the second week of play. Henderson State quarterback Kevin Rodgers set multiple school and league records to share Offensive honors with Harding's Donatella Luckett – who repeatedly burned the North Alabama defense. East Central's Armonty Bryant dominated the line of scrimmage against Southern Nazarene and Blake Prince played a key role an Arkansas-Monticello's comeback attempt against Northwestern State with an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.
Co-GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State, QB, SO, Rockwall, Texas
Rodgers collected the second GAC Offensive Player of the Week award in as many weeks as he set an HSU and GAC record with seven touchdown passes. He broke the previous HSU record of six, set by Chris Reill against Arkansas Tech in 2000. Rodgers threw for a career-best 442 yards – the second-highest mark in the NCAA through the first two weeks. He has thrown a total of 11 TDs in two games after totaling just nine all of last year. The 11 touchdown passes lead the NCAA and the Reddies rank third in the NCAA in scoring among those teams to have played two games,
Co-GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK – Donatella Luckett, Harding, WR, SO, Sand Hill, Miss.
Luckett made his first start at wide receiver and made it a memorable one. His first TD was on a 41-yard pass when he out-jumped two defenders to make the catch and walk into the end zone. On his second TD catch, he caught a screen pass, stiff-armed the cornerback and outran the secondary for a 60-yard score. He finished with five catches for 136 yards. His total represented the most receiving yards by a Harding receiver since Kurt Adams had 205 yards on nine receptions vs. UAM in 2008. He won his first GAC Offensive Player of the Week award after winning two Special Teams awards in 2011.
GAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Armonty Bryant, East Central, DE, SR, Wichita Falls, Texas
Bryant earned his second career Defensive Player of the Week after he helped the Tigers hold Southern Nazarene to an ECU school record -70 yards rushing on 27 attempts. Bryant registered 3.5 sacks and five tackles for loss. The ECU defense forced SNU into six fumbles, with the Tigers recovering three as a team. Bryant forced two of those fumbles.
GAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Blake Prince, Arkansas-Monticello, RB/KR, SR, Luling, La.
Prince's 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown brought the Boll Weevils to within three points against Division-I FCS opponent Northwestern State. They went on take a 24-17 lead before losing late. He totaled 185 all-purpose yards (128 return, 29 receiving and 28 rushing). Prior to his kickoff return for a touchdown, the Boll Weevils had not run a kick back for a score since Gary Lawson against Valdosta State in 1999.
- Titus Mobley, SR, RB, East Central (Gained 112 yards on 19 carries, scored three TDs, two rushing, one receiving)
- Brett Reece, SR, WB, Ouachita Baptist (Hauled in nine passes for 114 yards and a touchdown vs Stillman College)
- Rafael Thomas, SR, WR, Southern Arkansas (Caught seven passes for 166 yards and 3 TDs; totaled 206 all-purpose yards)
- Maxie Graham, SR, LB, Henderson State (12 total tackles, 2.0 tackles for loss vs McKendree)
- Ty Powell, SR, DE, Harding (Seven tackles, 3.0 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks vs North Alabama, held Lions to 19 passing yards)
- Mark Spaight, JR, LB, Southern Arkansas (10 total tackles, seven solo; blocked a punt that SAU recovered for a touchdown)
- Brian Davis, FR, KR/PR, Southern Nazarene (Averaged 12.4 yards on five punt returns and 28.5 yards on two kick returns)
- Nathan Kadlecek, JR, P, Harding (Four punts, 42.8 average, all four punts went at least 40 yards)