ROCK HILL, S.C. — Two key players from Carson-Newman's 27-24 win over Colorado School of Mines received conference recognition Monday.
Linebacker Jaycob Coleman, a former star player at J.I. Burton High School, and kicker Curt Duncan were named the South Atlantic Conference defensive and special teams player of the week, respectively.
Coleman was instrumental in helping the Eagles slow the prolific Orediggers on Saturday. The senior finished with a team-high and career-best 12 tackles, limiting a Mines offense that had scored 72 points and piled up 727 yards of total offense the week prior.
Coleman also intercepted a pass that he returned inside the Mines’ 10-yard line.
“It really just shows the depth of the defense as a unit,” Coleman said. “We were able to get pressure on the quarterback and that played into a lot of my tackles, as well as the pick.”
Coleman’s total of 17 tackles ranks sixth in the SAC this season, and his 10 solo stops are fourth.
Duncan accounted for nine of the Eagles' points against Mines. He went 2-for-3 on field goals — hitting from 26 and 38 yards and missing a 56-yard attempt that bonked off the upright — and nailed all three extra points.
The senior from Morristown also punted for the Eagles, averaging 49 yards on three kicks.
Duncan leads all SAC kickers this season with 16 points.
Carson-Newman (2-0) returns to action Saturday when it hosts Brevard.