FOOTBALL: Memphis’ Ferguson, Austin Peay’s Bryant earn TSWA weekly awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – University of Memphis quarterback Riley Ferguson and Austin Peay’s Juantarius Bryant were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from November 13-19.
Ferguson completed 21-of-27 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns while also rushing six times for 29 yards and a career-high three TDs in a 66-45 victory over SMU. The Matthews, N.C., native posted his fifth 300-yard passing game of the year, tossing TD passes of 34 and 24 yards. He also had scoring runs of eight, 12 and two yards, all in the second half.
Ferguson has completed 62 percent of his passes for 3,201 yards with 29 touchdowns and eight interceptions through 10 games this season.
Bryant posted seven tackles with a tackle for loss and collected his first interception of the year in Austin Peay’s 28-13 victory over Eastern Illinois. The Nashville, Tenn., native returned the INT 18 yards to the Eastern Illinois 39-yard line, setting up APSU’s final touchdown of the day. He made five of his seven tackles in the first half, including one on special teams.
The redshirt sophomore safety finished the season with 64 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and two forced fumbles.
2017 TSWA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Sam Castronova, Bethel University (Offense); Alex Campagne, Cumberland University (Defense)
September 6 – Dezmon Huntley, Cumberland University (Offense); Chris Collins, Tennessee State (Defense)
September 12 – Kyle Shurmur, Vanderbilt (Offense); Jordan Early, Maryville College (Defense)
September 19 – Riley Ferguson, Memphis (Offense); Matt Simon, Tusculum College (Defense)
September 26 – Brad Anderson, Middle Tennessee (Offense); James Gilleylen, UT Martin (Defense)
October 3 – Elijah Chenier, Maryville College (Offense); Jaison Williams, Austin Peay (Defense)
October 10 – Riley Ferguson, Memphis (Offense); Vincent Sellers, Tennessee State (Defense)
October 17 – Alex Ogle, Tusculum College (Offense); L’Keith Brown, Tusculum College (Defense)
October 24 – Kentel Williams, Austin Peay (Offense); John Cleveland, Sewanee (Defense)
November 7 – Derrick Evans, Carson-Newman (Offense); Temoris Coats, Carson-Newman (Defense)
November 14 – Jeremiah Oatsvall, Austin Peay (Offense); L’Keith Brown, Tusculum College (Defense)
MEN’S BASKETBALL: Belmont’s Windler named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Belmont’s Dylan Windler earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on Tuesday, averaging 15.5 points and 12.3 rebounds while posting three double-doubles in four Bruins victories.
The Indianapolis, Ind., native started the week with 24 points and 11 boards along with two steals in a 69-60 victory over Vanderbilt, making 9-of-15 shots overall and connecting on 5-for-6 at the free throw line. He followed that with 11 points and 10 caroms at Middle Tennessee in a 69-63 triumph.
The junior registered 23 points, 14 rebounds and five assists in a 93-88 home win over Houston Baptist, hitting three 3-pointers and making 8-of-10 attempts at the foul line. Windler took just one shot in a 90-77 victory against Seattle but grabbed 14 boards while recording three assists and three blocked shots.
He is averaging 16.0 points and 12.0 rebounds through five games for Belmont.
2017-18 TSWA MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 14 – Devin Whitfield, Trevecca University
WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Carson-Newman’s Price garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Carson-Newman’s Haris Price earned Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Basketball Player of the Week accolades on Tuesday, netting 20.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists in three victories for the Eagles.
The Gatlinburg, Tenn., native posted 10 points and three assists in 23 minutes of action at King University and the junior guard followed that with 29 points, six rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes at North Georgia. She made a pair of 3-pointers and hit 13-of-14 at the foul line in the 94-90 victory.
Price recorded 22 points, five boards and six assists in just 20 minutes in a win over Georgia College. She connected on 18-of-34 shots and was 22-for-25 on free throws over the three contests, averaging just 25.0 minutes per outing. Price is averaging 16.2 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.4 assists through five games this season.
2017-18 TSWA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
November 14 – Mika Wester, Carson-Newman