Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (Yorktown, Va.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Gardner-Webb defensive end Shaquille Riddick (Akron, Ohio) has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week for games played the 12th week of the regular-season. Runnin’ Bulldogs’ placekicker/punter Jordan Day (Marvin, N.C.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Presbyterian College defensive back Kenyon Brown (Clinton, S.C.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
Taliaferro rushed 16 times for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Coastal’s victory over Presbyterian College. He had no negative rushing yards and averaged 8.6 yards per carry in playing just the first half. Half of his rushes went for either a first down or touchdown, and he gained 90 yards on his first seven attempts. Taliaferro’s two TD runs were from three yards and one yard, and the scores broke three more Big South records, as he is now the single-season leader for points (144), overall touchdowns (24) and rushing TDs (23).
Riddick helped the Runnin’ Bulldogs to a 27-10 win over No. 12/13 Charleston Southern with eight total tackles, 4.0 tackles-for-loss, two sacks and five quarterback hurries. His first quarterback pressure caused a pass deflection and interception that GWU would turn into the first touchdown of the game. Riddick recorded five solo stops on the day and his two sacks gave him a Big South single-season record 8.5 on the year.
Day booted a pair of field goals and scored nine points, and averaged 47.5 yards on his six punts against Charleston Southern. He boomed three punts more than 50 yards and pinned CSU inside its own 20-yard line three times. Day’s two first half field goals helped GWU to a 20-0 lead at the break. He later sealed the win with a heads-up 21-yard rush on 4th-and-10 with 2:35 remaining in the game. Day scooped up a low and hard snap and darted outside and down the sideline for the first down, which allowed Gardner-Webb to run out the clock.
Brown led PC’s defensive unit at Coastal Carolina with a career-high 13 tackles in his first career start. He recorded 11 solo stops and added a tackle-for-loss of two yards. Brown’s previous high was four tackles in the season opener at Wake Forest.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Josh Woodrum (Liberty).
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Chima Uzowihe (Liberty).
Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: LaDarius Hawthorne (Coastal Carolina), Stephen Doar (Presbyterian College).
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Dalton Demos (Coastal Carolina).