The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference announced its football players of the week for the eight installment of the 2013 SIAC football season as voted by the SIAC Sports Information Directors Association.
Fort Valley State freshman Malcolm Eady is the SIAC Offensive Player of the Week after his impressive performance in the Wildcats victory over Concordia College over the weekend. A pair of Miles College football players earned Newcomer and Defensive Players of the Week.
Golden Bears junior linebacker Julante English is the SIAC Defensive Player of the Week, while his teammate Arenza Johnson, Jr., a freshman, is the SIAC Newcomer of the Week.
Albany State junior offensive guard Victor Moli is the SIAC Lineman of the Week, while Benedict College sophomore kicker Eduardo Hernandez is the SIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.
Offensive Player of the Week
Malcolm Eady, Quarterback, Fort Valley State
Class: Freshman Height: 6-0 Weight: 210 Hometown: Swainsboro, Ga.
Making his first start of his collegiate career, the true freshman Eady led the way offensively with five total touchdowns in Fort Valley State’s 52-0 victory over Concordia (Selma). Eady completed 11-of-13 passes for 167 yards and two touchdowns, while adding another 102 yards and three touchdowns on the ground.
Defensive Player of the Week
Julante English, Linebacker, Miles
Class: Junior Height: 5-10 Weight: 180 Hometown: Jacksonville, Ala.
The SIAC’s leading tackler recorded a season high 17 tackles (6 solo), two tackles for losses, one sack and one pass breakup.
Newcomer of the Week
Arenza Johnson Jr., Linebacker, Miles
Class: R-Freshman Height: 5-10 Weight: 215 Hometown: Eufaula, Ala.
The redshirt freshman recorded a game and season high 20 tackles (7 solo), with one tackle for loss in Miles 38-26 victory over Lane.
Offensive Lineman of the Week
Victor Moli, Offensive Guard, Albany State
Class: Junior Height: 6-4 Weight:280 Hometown: Augusta, Ga.
The captain of the Golden Rams offensive line anchored the unit that provided 354 yards of total offense in a 30-7 win over Clark Atlanta.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Eduardo Hernandez, Kicker, Benedict College
Class: Sophomore Height: 5-10 Weight: 180 Hometown: Miami, Fla.
The sophomore kicked the game-winning field goal with .31 seconds left to give Benedict a 29-26 victory over Morehouse. The preseason All-SIAC selection was 3-for-3 on FG Attempts from 25, 29, and 22 yards out.
Other Notable Performances in Week 8
Chris Rini, QB, Lane
The senior passed for 390 yards on 33-for-51 passing attempts. He also had 50 yards rushing, while adding another touchdown in the Dragons 38-26 loss.
El-Malik Chin, LB, Tuskegee
Recorded 10 tackles and one tackle for a loss in Tuskegee’s dominant defensive 39-6 victory over Kentucky State over the weekend.
Brandon Beech, LB, Benedict
The senior linebacker had a stellar day defensively for Benedict, registering six tackles, two sacks, and two tackles for losses and one fumble recovery. The Tigers held Morehouse to 68 yards rushing.
Jamion Dunning, WR, Lane
Dunning caught eight passes for 105 yards, including a 34 yard touchdown reception.
Rashad Burkett, QB, Tuskegee
The senior went 14-23 on pass attempts for 136 yards and a touchdown. He also had nine carries for 72 yards.
Michael Wilson, QB, Central State
The senior dual threat quarterback rushed for 139 yards and three touchdowns, while going 11-for-30 passing for 181 yards and another touchdown in a losing effort for Central State.
Dondre Purnell, WR/KR, Stillman
For the third consecutive week, the junior amassed over 100 yards of return yards. In the win against Central State, Purnell had 114 return yards, while also catching a touchdown pass in the game.
Reece Sturgis, WR, Stillman
Sturgis caught four passes for 112 yards for the Tigers, but it was his 55 yard touchdown grab on stride which help Stillman defeat Central State.
(Photos: Golden Bears junior linebacker Julante English)