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Chunn’s electrifying weekend showing worthy of NJAC’s top player award

October 4, 2009

After he more than doubled his season’s statistical totals in the Lions’ vexatious 28-7 road loss at Kean University, Cougars’ running back Jared Chunn earned honors as the conference’s top offensive performer.

Chunn rushed for 210 yards on 22 carries in the win, the fourth time in his decorated career that the reigning NJAC Player of the Year has surpassed the 200-yard mark. He expanded on his overall contribution–to the program’s all-time 10th-best rushing performance–with 14 yards on two receptions.

Chunn all but singlehandedly thrust the Cougars to the top of the NJAC standings, dethroning the Lions’ brief stint of conference supremacy. Each losing its lone out-of-conference trial, Kean currently shares the No. 1 spot with Montclair State University–both remain undefeated in NJAC play.

Ensuring ample attention toward his “star player,” the senior’s weekend effort propelled the jump in his personal accolades, from 10th to second in rushing in a mere 60 minutes of football (84.5 yards per game).

For his contribution toward the Prof’s weekend rout of The College at Brockport, safety Mike Barone snagged accolades as the NJAC’s Defensive Player of the Week. The ball-hawking senior’s savvy anticipation materialized in his team’s 56-20 interconference win, fortifying an outstanding defensive effort with two of the team’s three interceptions.

Malcontent with such an indirect impact on the final score of Rowan University‘s home-opener, the Hammonton native returned his second-quarter takeaway 100 yards for six points–and school history (longest INT return). Now tied for the conference lead in interceptions with Kean’s Jamahl Williams (3 each), Barone also recorded three tackles.

Breaking the 0-0 deadlock with a special teams touchdown in the second quarter of Saturday’s showdown between Montclair State University and William Patterson, the conference’s election committee named wide receiver Scott Kubrak the weekend’s top specialist.

The 54-yard punt return in his Red Hawks’ 24-17 conquest inflated his season average to a conference-best 13.8 yards per return (was 7.0 on 4 attempts). Kubrak also caught two passes for 49 yards on his busy day.

Rounding out the Prof’s trio of top rookie performers of 2009, wide receiver Kay Robinson earned this weekend’s award for NJAC Offensive Rookie of the Week. Entering the contest with all of one reception for three yards, the freshman led all Rowan receivers with 103 yards on four catches–his first eclipse of the century mark in his fledgling career.

Linebacker Eddie Weiser earned his second-consecutive bid as the conference’s Defensive Rookie of the Week, personally manufacturing two takeaways for Buffalo State University (FF, INT-both first of career). His trophy cabinet’s latest addition came in a losing effort, as the Bengals dropped this weekend’s contest at home, 42-10 to Cortland State University.


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