Stevenson Earns Big South HonorsNovember 5, 2007
Courtesy of the Big South Conference
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – VMI slotback Tim Maypray and Liberty linebacker Vince Redd have been named the Big South football Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week and New Balance Defensive Player of the Week, respectively, for games played during Week 10 (Nov. 3) of the 2007 season, it was announced today by the Conference office. In addition, Charleston Southern kick returner Gerald Stevenson was selected as Special Teams Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina running back Eric O’Neal garnered Freshman of the Week honors.
Stevenson, a freshman from Naples, Fla., returned four kickoffs for 118 yards (29.5 average) in Charleston Southern’s 37-28 come-from-behind win at VMI. Stevenson recorded returns of 19, 33, 37 and 29 yards, which gave the Buccaneers an average field position of its own 39-yard line on those possessions and led to three Charleston Southern touchdowns.
Maypray, a sophomore from Madisonville, Ky., had five catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns Saturday against Charleston Southern. The 209 receiving yards are second-most in Big South history, while his 41.80 catch average set a Conference single-game mark. Maypray scored on touchdowns of 34 and 87 yards, the latter setting the Big South record for longest pass completion. He also rushed for 36 yards on seven carries (5.1 average) and returned four kickoffs for 102 yards (25.5 average) – setting the VMI and Big South single-game record for all-purpose yards with 346. His record output pushed his season all-purpose total to 1,542, establishing the Big South season record with two games remaining.
Redd, a redshirt-senior from Elizabethton, Tenn., tied for the team lead with a career-high 11 tackles in Liberty’s 37-24 win over Coastal Carolina. He finished the game with a personal-best 2.5 sacks for a loss of 21 yards, in addition to a forced fumble and three quarterback hurries. Redd marked his third multiple tackle-for-loss game of the season, a took over the Big South lead in sacks over the weekend.
O’Neal, a freshman from Kathleen, Ga., tallied 117 all-purpose yards for the Chanticleers at Liberty. O’Neal returned three kickoffs for 95 yards (31.7 average), including a long of 49 to open the second-half that led to a Chanticleer field goal to cut the margin to 23-10. O’Neal also rushed for 15 yards and caught a seven-yard pass against the Flames.