CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern's defensive unit has been selected as the Big South Football Defensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Punter Truett Burns, meanwhile, was named Special Teams Player of the Week.
The Bucs' defense permitted Presbyterian just three points and 102 yards – the fewest yards allowed in program history against an FCS opponent. CSU held PC to 28 rushing yards (1.3 per carry) and yielded four first downs, including none in the second half as the Blue Hose managed just 18 offensive yards on 19 plays after halftime. The unit forced seven three-and-outs, an interception deep in CSU territory and seven stops behind the line of scrimmage. The outing marked the fourth time in the last two seasons CSU's defense has held a conference opponent below 150 yards of offense.
Burns averaged 52 yards on his two punts against Presbyterian, pushing his season average to nearly 31 yards. Burns' second punt traveled 61 yards and was downed the PC nine-yard line.
Liberty running back Todd Macon was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week, while Flames quarterback Stephen Calvert was tabbed Come Ready Nutrition Freshman of the Week.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Shane Bucenell (Charleston Southern), Tyrell Maxwell (Gardner-Webb) and Chaston Bennett (Kennesaw State)
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Chris Turner (Liberty)
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Shane Bucenell (Charleston Southern)