Following a record-setting performance, Charleston Southern running back Christian Reyes (Rouge River, Ore.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday afternoon. Reyes' backfield mate, running back Mike Holloway earned The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week honors as the duo lifted the Bucs to 8-1 on the year with a 36-14 win over Charlotte on Saturday.
Reyes earns the award following a career-high 181 yards on 26 carries to lead the Buccaneers past Charlotte. He averaged 7.0 yards per rush and had eight carries go for at least 10 yards. Reyes collected nine of CSU's 19 rushing first downs and his rushing total was the most in a game for the Buccaneers since 2005. His rushing effort was responsible for sustaining three of CSU's four touchdown drives, and he became the Bucs' single-season rushing leader in the process. He has 953 yards this season.
Holloway added 81 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries as the Buccaneers piled up 375 yards on the ground. The freshman put the game out of reach with a 5-yard touchdown run – the first of his career - late in the fourth quarter. Holloway had four carries go for at least 10 yards and rushed for three first downs.
Liberty's Defensive Line has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week, while Coastal Carolina kickoff returner Devin Brown (Charleston, S.C.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week.
Brown, making his second start at kickoff returner, returned four kickoffs for 140 yards (35.0 average) against VMI, including a 95-yarder for a touchdown. Following a VMI field goal that made the score 38-27 midway through the third quarter, Brown returned the ensuing kickoff 95 yards for a score -- the longest scoring play in Coastal history.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Michael Church (Coastal Carolina), Presbyterian Offensive Line, Derrick Ziglar (VMI).
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Malcolm Jackson (Charleston Southern), Quinn Backus (Coastal Carolina), Darius Norfleet (Presbyterian College).
Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Darius Hammond (Charleston Southern), John Lunsford (Liberty).
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: De'Angelo Henderson (Coastal Carolina).