Second TCNJ opponent earns NJAC Player of the Week vs. Lions’ D
For placing a load weighing 42 carries squarely between his shoulders, William Paterson running back Marcus McKinney earned this week’s conference honors for its top offensive performer for his effort in the Pioneers’ derailing win over TCNJ–its first against the school since 1993.
He personally accounted for 24 of his team’s 43 points, rolling up his sleeves to score his four touchdowns–all from within the five-yard line (TDs from 2, 1, 4, 1 yds in time order).
Not only were the sophomore’s 224 notches of hard-earned yardage the second time an opponent cracked the 200-yard barrier this season, but he also became the second recipient of the NJAC Offensive Player of the Week award at the expense of the TCNJ defense (Jared Chunn, Kean; 209 rush yds in Week 5).
After his most recent outing, a determined performance to captivate the Pioneers’ homecoming crowd, McKinney leads the conference in rushing, averaging 103.3 yards per game.
The Red Hawk defense provided the NJAC its second award winner for conference’s top weekly performer, holding Buffalo State to a mere 93 yards of total offense in Montclair State‘s 23-7 road win in upstate New York.
For his expansive effort–which included nine total stops (2.5 for loss), two sacks, and interception and a forced fumble toward the team’s fifth-consecutive triumph–the conference named linebacker Brian Tweer Week Seven’s NJAC Defensive Player of the Week.
The senior’s latest outing slides him into a tie for seventh-most sacks among the conference’s pass rushers (avg. 0.50 sacks/gm).
Red Dragon return-man Justin Autera followed his 79-yard dash to pay dirt on a kickoff to open the game’s second half–and his team’s scoring–with a 59-yard punt return for six in the fourth quarter. His explosive special team’s performance marks only the second time in program history that a Cortland specialist scored on both punt and kickoff returns, since its first back in 1933.
Familiar faces round out the weekend release for the conference’s noteworthy heroics, as Rowan wide receiver T. J. Pratt and Buffalo State linebacker Eddie Weiser each captured their second NJAC Rookie of the Week award of their respective seasons.
Pratt’s team-high three catches worth 27 receiving yards in the Prof’s 72-14 trouncing over Morrisville State perpetuates the team’s current streak of encouraging performances from inexperienced impact players, now the third-consecutive Prof offensive youngster to win the award–the fourth in 2009. He also tasted his first zest of the end zone, scoring on from 10 yards out during the game’s second quarter.
Overshadowed for its lack of prominence in his team’s losing effort, Weiser personally accounted for two of his Bengals’ four forced turnovers, twice intercepting Montclair State quarterback Tom Fischer. He added five tackles to the afternoon’s commendable defensive display, one which held the Red Hawks’ third-ranked pass attack to a mere 128 aerial yardage (avg. 221.60 pass yds/gm).
Hauling in his second and third picks of his promising career, Weiser shares the conference’s third-place slot for most interceptions on the year (avg. 0.50 INTs/gm).