CHARLESTON, SC -
Charleston Southern senior defensive end Will Hunt has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Bucs' 27-24 win over Appalachian State on Saturday. Redshirt sophomore placekicker Mark Deboy also earned recognition from the league, as he was selected Big South Special Teams Player of the Week.
Hunt continued an outstanding start to his redshirt senior season with five tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against the Mountaineers. He recorded a key sack on third-and-8 in the first quarter, forcing an App State punt by throwing quarterback Jamal Londry-Jackson for a three-yard loss. The Bucs marched 83 yards in 17 plays on the ensuing drive to tie the game at 7-7, taking up 9:09 of the first quarter clock.
Hunt was part of a CSU defense that again thrived on getting the opponent off the field on third down. The Bucs held App State to 3-of-8 on third down, and made clutch fourth down stops on each of the Mountaineers' final two drives. CSU now ranks fourth nationally in third-down defense, 11th in turnover margin and 13th in scoring defense. Hunt has been at the forefront of defensive coordinator Chad Staggs' unit, ranking in a tie for first in the Big South with three sacks, and third with six tackles for loss.
Deboy earned his accolade after making a career-best two field goals in the win over App State. The Ft. Myers, Fla. native connected on a 32-yard field goal to tie the game, 17-17, with 31 seconds left in the first half. He then split the uprights from 21 yards out with 5:38 remaining in the third quarter, giving the Bucs a 20-17 advantage.
The Coastal Carolina Offensive Line was named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while VMI wide receiver Matthew Nicholson was chosen The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
CSU heads back to work this week as it looks to go 6-0 on Saturday. The Bucs will be playing before their home crowd at Buccaneer Field for the first time in four weeks, hosting North Greenville for an 11 a.m. kickoff.