CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Charleston Southern seniors Darius Hammond and Troy McGowens have been named the Big South Conference Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, the league office announced Monday. The two helped lead CSU to a conference clinching 28-7 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday.
Hammond rushed for a season-high 153 yards and two touchdowns to spark the Bucs offensively. He scored from ten yards out for CSU's first points and then capped the scoring with a 14-yard run in the fourth quarter. Hammond broke free for 43 yards late in the second quarter to set up a touchdown that gave the Bucs a 21-7 halftime cushion. The effort marked the fourth 100-yard rushing game of Hammond's career.
McGowens intercepted two passes and tallied three tackles as CSU bottled up a Kennesaw State team that ranked fifth nationally in total offense entering play. McGowens' picks came on back-to-back fourth quarter possessions, helping the Bucs ice the Senior Day win and secure a spot in the FCS Playoffs for the second straight year. McGowens' ten career interceptions are just one shy of tying Philip Ashley for second in CSU history, and two away from matching Charles James' (currently of the NFL's Houston Texans) program record.
Gardner-Webb junior placekicker Paul Schumacher is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Monmouth redshirt-freshman quarterback Kenji Bahar is the Come Ready Nutrition Freshman of the Week.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Tyrell Maxwell (Gardner-Webb) and Reggie White Jr. (Monmouth)
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Juwan Wells (Liberty) and Darnell Leslie (Monmouth)
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Shane Bucenell (Charleston Southern) and Antonio Gandy-Golden (Liberty)