Antonio Patton named SAC Special Teams Player of the Week
Tuesday, September 4, 2007

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The South Atlantic Conference has announced its football Players of the Week for the week ending September 1, 2007. This week’s recipients are Carson-Newman College sophomore quarterback Alex Good (Greensboro, N.C.), Carson-Newman College senior linebacker Eric Rice (Thomasville, Ga.) and Newberry College sophomore cornerback/return specialist Antonio Patton (Woodruff, S.C.).

Good was named Offensive Player of the Week, Rice earned Defensive Player of the Week and Patton received the Special Teams Player of the Week honor. The SAC football Player of the Week awards are selected by a vote of the league’s eight sports information directors.

Patton will remember his first game as a Newberry Indian for years to follow. The No. 16 Newberry Indians defeated the Chowan Hawks, 67-0, Saturday afternoon as Patton made his debut in the scarlet and gray.

A sophomore transfer from Murray State (Ky.) University, Patton concluded the first half scoring with a 61-yard punt return for a touchdown. On the afternoon, he returned three punts for 76 yards. A 5-11, 175-pound cornerback and return specialist, Patton also had one interception return for 19 yards.

A Southern Guilford High School product, Good led Carson-Newman’s second half comeback in the Eagles’ 29-17 victory over in-state, NCAA Division I-AA rival UT-Chattanooga Thursday night. Good rushed eight times for 56 yards and one TD. Also, he completed six-of-10 passes for 105 yards and one scoring strike.

A 6-0, 180 pound signal-caller, Good directed an 11-play, 49-yard drive to give the Eagles the lead for good at 15-14 with 35 seconds remaining in the third quarter. The game-winning drive concluded with a 21-yard field goal by Eagle junior place kicker Aubrey Ingham (Gallatin, Tenn.).

Eric Rice led the Eagle defensive effort in the upset of UTC. Early in the third quarter, Rice intercepted an Antonio Miller pass and returned it to the Mocs’ seven-yard line. Rice’s 28-yard return led to an Ingham field goal, pulling the visiting Eagles within eight points at 14-6 with 10:59 to play in the third quarter.

A 5-11, 205 pound linebacker from Thomas County Central High School, Rice led the Eagles with eight tackles Thursday night. He got a crucial sack in the second half when he dropped UTC quarterback Cody Romans for a seven-yard loss to give the Eagles the ball at their own 47 with 6:32 left in the third quarter. Rice had two sacks in the game for nine yards.
Article courtesy of the South Atlantic Conference

2007 South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week

Date – Player, Position, School
August 27, 2007 –  JD Moore, QB, Wingate
September 4, 2007 – Alex Good, QB, Carson-Newman

Date – Player, Position, School

August 27, 2007 –  Brandon Sutton, DL, Catawba
September 4, 2007 – Eric Rice, LB, Carson-Newman

Special Teams
Date – Player, Position, School
August 27, 2007 –  Kameron Kranz, WR/RS, Wingate
September 4, 2007 – Antonio Patton, CB/RS, Newberry