TSWA announces weekly awards - Sept. 6

 Chris Collins

Chris Collins

FOOTBALL: Cumberland’s Huntley, Tennessee State’s Collins earn TSWA weekly awards
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Cumberland University’s Dezmon Huntley and Tennessee State’s Chris Collins were named the Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for their efforts in contests from August 28-September 3.

Huntley accounted for 382 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in CU's 42-40 win at the University of the Cumberlands. The Mableton, Ga., native passed for a career-best 291 yards on 13-of-25 and rushed 16 times for 92 yards with TD runs of nine and eight yards, the last one accounting for the winning points in the contest. He posted six passing plays of 20-plus yards.

It marked the first win for the Phoenix at the Cumberlands since 2001, ending a six-game road losing streak in the series, and was the first back-to-back wins over the Patriots since 2000-01. The Phoenix are 2-0 for the first time since 2000.

Collins recorded 12 tackles with three tackles for loss, one sack and a forced fumble in TSU’s victory over FBS Georgia State to open the season. The Fairburn, Ga., native recorded nine solo stops in the contest and forced a fumble on the Panthers first drive of the game, with the Tigers recovering at their own 25-yard line.

The senior linebacker then made a stop in the third quarter on fourth down at the TSU four-yard line. Tennessee State’s defense allowed just 14 first downs and 273 total yards in the 17-10 victory.

2017 TSWA FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Sam Castronova, Bethel University (Offense); Alex Campagne, Cumberland University (Defense)

MEN’S SOCCER: Cumberland’s Williams named TSWA award winner
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Cumberland University’s Daniel Williams earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Men’s Soccer Player of the Week accolades, registering four goals plus an assist for the Phoenix.

The London, England, native scored four goals and added an assist in a little over a half of action versus Midway University. The junior posted goals at the nine-minute mark and again in the 28th minute before assisting on a Tyler Watson goal in the 32nd minute. He then registered a pair of goals in the first four minutes of the second period, ending his day. He has seven goals in three matches for the Phoenix.

2017 TSWA MEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Brad Spooner, Bryan College

 Magda Mosengo (right)

Magda Mosengo (right)

WOMEN’S SOCCER: Carson-Newman’s Mosengo garners TSWA weekly honor
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– Carson-Newman’s Magda Mosengo collected three goals and one assist in a pair of outings for the Eagles to earn the Tennessee Sports Writer’s Association Women’s Soccer weekly honor.

The London, England, native assisted on Lauren Wade’s goal in the 47th minute and added her own tally in the 83rd minute in a 2-0 victory to open the season against Ferris State. The junior added goals in the 60th and 87th minutes versus Georgia College, with the Eagles scoring four times in the second half in a 5-1 win.

2017 TSWA WOMEN’S SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Sydney Cason, Belmont University

VOLLEYBALL: East Tennessee’s Milhorn named TSWA Player of the Week
NASHVILLE, Tenn.
– East Tennessee State’s Rylee Milhorn was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association’s Volleyball Player of the Week, posting 34 kills and 30 digs with one double-double in three matches for the Bucs.

The Kingsport, Tenn., native collected seven kills and eight digs in a victory over Virginia and recorded her first double-double of the season with 18 kills and 12 digs in a win against Appalachian State. The senior added nine kills and 10 digs versus Towson.

2017 TSWA VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
August 31 – Ashley Slay, Austin Peay