SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference named its football players of the week Monday for all games played Sept. 7-9. Wofford cornerback Devin Watson was named the Defensive Player of the Week, while Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome was named the Offensive Player of the Week and Mercer’s Cole Fisher was voted the Special Teams Player of the Week. The players of the week are selected by the league office.
Cornerback Devin Watson had a pair of second-half interceptions and recorded three tackles in the Terriers’ 28-27 win at league foe Mercer on Saturday. The junior from Gainesville, Florida, picked off his first pass midway through the third quarter and added his second of the day with just 1:52 left in the game, helping seal the win after Wofford had taken its first lead of the day, 28-27, late in the fourth quarter. The weekly honor is the first of Watson’s career.
Other nominees: Kailik Williams (The Citadel), River Boruff (ETSU), Aaquil Annoor (Furman), Kyle Williams (Mercer), Omari Williams (Samford), Tae Davis (Chattanooga) and Shamon Elliott (Western Carolina).
Western Carolina running back Detrez Newsome rushed for a school-record 288 yards and three touchdowns in the Catamounts’ 63-17 win over Davidson on Saturday. Newsome’s total, which is the sixth-best single-game mark in SoCon history, included scoring runs of 78, 25 and 88 yards. Other nominees: Jordan Black (The Citadel), Avery Ward (Mercer), Kelvin McKnight (Samford), Joseph Parker (Chattanooga), Daz Palmer (VMI) and Lennox McAfee (Wofford).
Mercer kicker Cole Fisher made both of his field goal attempts and all three PAT tries in the Bears’ 28-27 loss to No. 10 Wofford on Saturday. Other nominees: JJ Jerman (ETSU), Darius Harvey (Samford), Colin Brewer (Chattanooga), Will Horton (Western Carolina) and Luke Carter (Wofford).