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TCNJ’s Burns earns 2nd NJAC award–both with strings attached

November 8, 2009

TCNJ linebacker Greg Burns must be the most emotionally torn man in Trenton.

In the immediate, he watched Western Connecticut State tarnish the program’s Senior Day festivities, robbing the group of an unhampered farewell to fans with a 37-34 loss Saturday.

A day later, he was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference’s outstanding rookie performer.

Another brush stroke in a dismal bigger picture, his season’s second weekly award marks another captured in defeat—each having disheartening implications.

His first, won with his 9-tackle outing during the Lions’ Week Seven loss to Montclair State University, coincided with his defense’s best outing of the season–and his team’s ousting from conference championship contention.

That game was the program’s homecoming, too.

His latest, earned with another team-leading 10 stops, overlapped its chances to salvage a winning record.

Upset by the NJAC’s resident last-place tenant, the Lions dropped a fifth date on their 2009 calendar this past weekend, relinquishing an opportunity to finish over par. Now, hoping to avoid extending its mid-October skid to five games, any hopes at a .500 record need to outlast next weekend’s road trip to Rowan University.

Success without strings about summed up the remainder of the weekly release, with none of the other honorees subjected to that kind of backhanded fortune.

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Helping Kean University maintain its pristine record, Cougars running back Jared Chunn brought home Week 10 decorations as its Offensive Player of the Week.

The senior’s 246 yards on 37 carries marked the most stout rushing total his career, and of any league performer this season. He also scored twice toward his team’s 20-0 margin over William Paterson University.

Named twice subjectively—after both his season’s 200+ yard performances—the NJAC’s reigning Offensive Player of the Year rules its statistical leader board outright, topping the list with his 114.6-yard game average.

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An integral player in the Lions’ woes during and after Saturday’s game, Western Connecticut State linebacker Greg Galasso was named the conference’s top defensive performer. The sophomore recorded 22 tackles toward his Colonials’ win Saturday—each notable with regard to this season.

Bolstered by accessory accomplishments, including a sack and tackle-for-loss, his individual output was the most produced by an NJAC performer this year. Its records dating back only to 2003, the league could only offer with certainty that it was also the best single-game total during the span.

Additionally, the W helped foster his program’s second victory in 2009—both in the past three weeks (won vs. Brockport in Wk. 8).

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SUNY-Cortland utility kicker Kyle Peterson won this week’s accolades for its top specialist, emerging as yet another weapon in the Red Dragons’ third-dimension.

The senior became his team’s second captor of the NJAC’s Special Teams Player of the Week this season, averaging 38.5 yards on each of his four punts.

Punishing the Golden Eagles as directly as he could, Peterson landed three punts inside Brockport’s 20-yard line. He twice cornered the team’s offense within its own five-yard line, likely accounting for some of the difference in a potent offensive bout that finished 56-42—advantage SUNY-Cortland.

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Helping the Profs big rebound from last week’s double-overtime loss, Rowan wide receiver James Kinloch snagged NJAC recognition as its top offensive rookie–his second already in his inaugural collegiate season.

The freshman averaged 26.6 yards on his three catches, good for 80 yards on the afternoon. His 56-yard touchdown accounted for half of the team’s points scored against Montclair State University, in a contest decided by only seven (Rowan def. MSU, 14-7).

Now third in league standings, Rowan’s win this weekend handed the Red Hawks (prev. undefeated in NJAC) a dethroning loss, knocking Montclair State from the top of the conference.

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  1. November 8, 2009 8:27 pm

    I’ve been reading along for a while now. I just wanted to drop you a comment to say keep up the good work.

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