Kamaal McIlwain earns SAC Special Teams POTW honors


Kamaal McIlwain earns SAC Special Teams POTW honors
Monday, October 6, 2008 | by Sophomore DB blocked two Catawba kicks in 33-14 win

ROCK HILL, S.C. - The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week have been announced for the week ending Oct. 4, 2008. Newberry defensive back Kamaal McIlwain was named the SAC Special Teams Player of the Week. Tusculum quarterback Corey Russell was named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week, while Wingate linebacker Ed Doughty was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week.

McIlwain, a 5-10, 175-pound sophomore from Fort Mill, S.C., blocked two extra points in Newberry's 33-14 victory over 20th-ranked Catawba. One of those blocked kicks was returned for a defensive PAT. In the game, McIlwain tallied three tackles and broke two passes in NC's second straight victory over a nationally-ranked opponent.

This is McIlwain's first career Player of the Week honor, and the fourth POTW honor earned by a Newberry player this season.

Russell, a 6-4, 190-pound senior from Speedwell, Tenn., passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns in Tusculum's 48-19 road win at Lenoir-Rhyne. Russell went 20-for-35 while matching a career-best with his four TD passes. This marks the third time this season Russell has been named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Doughty, a 6-2, 215-pound sophomore from Jacksonville, Fla., recorded seven tackles, including two-and-a-half sacks in 18th-ranked Wingate's 44-13 win at Brevard. Doughty finished with four solo stops as the Bulldogs held the Tornados to 181 yards of total offense, including just 23 passing yards.

The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week are selected by a vote of the league's sports information directors.

South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week

Offense
Date Player, Position School
9/1 Corey Russell, QB Tusculum
9/8 Jamelle Cuthbertson, RB Catawba
9/15 Corey Russell, QB Tusculum
9/22 Tyrea Allen, WR Mars Hill
9/29 Shawn Barrett, WR Wingate
10/4 Corey Russell, QB Tusculum

Defense
Date Player, Position School
9/1 Will Newell, LB Newberry
9/8 Marqus Davis, DE Catawba
9/15 Will Newell, LB Newberry
9/22 Tylan Merkerson, S Wingate
9/29 Will Newell, LB Newberry
10/4 Ed Doughty, LB Wingate

Special Teams
Date Player, Position School
9/1 Gareth Rowlands, PK Tusculum
9/8 Patrick Pinchinat, RS Wingate
9/15 John Gregory, P Tusculum
9/22 Michael Pinkerton, PK Mars Hill
9/29 Colin Corpe, PK Lenoir-Rhyne
10/4 Kamaal McIlwain, DB Newberry