USA South Athletes of the Week - Nov. 12, 2018

USA South Athletes of the Week - Nov. 12, 2018


Football Offensive Player of the Week
Eric Thomas, Huntingdon - The sophomore running back from Memphis, Tennessee rushed for a career-high 209 yards with one touchdown in a 42-14 win over USA South foe LaGrange. Thomas carried the ball 30 times for an average of 7.0 yards per attempt to become just the third Hawk running back to eclipse the 1,000-yard mark in a season. Additionally, Thomas added one catch for a 17-yard gain. Also Nominated: Vontre Howard, Methodist; Bobby Clerisier, Brevard; Sean Bowman, Averett; Mac Seagle, Maryville.

Football Offensive Rookie of the Week
Nelson Smith, Maryville - The freshman quarterback from Goodlettsville, Tennessee was extremely efficient with a 203.7 passer rating in a 31-14 victory over USA South rival N.C. Wesleyan to capture the Conference Championship. Smith was 8-of-11 through the air for 156 yards for an average of 14.2 yards per attempt with one touchdown. Additionally, Smith carried the ball six times for 12 yards. Also Nominated: Kobe Praylow, Methodist; Dalton Cole, Brevard.

Football Defensive Player of the Week 
Kasseem Bagley, Greensboro
- The Lawrenceville, Georgia junior defensive back did all he could by picking off two passes, returning one of them for the only points of the game for the Pride, in a 28-7 loss to USA South foe Brevard. Bagley added nine total tackles, eight of which were of the solo variety, while also breaking up one pass and tallying a tackle for loss. Also Nominated: Julian Cupo, Methodist; JeQwan George, Brevard; Seth Brendle, Averett; Trey Hayes, Huntingdon; Bo Hering, Maryville.

Football Defensive Rookie of the Week
JeQwan George, Brevard - The Lithonia, Georgia freshman linebacker totaled six tackles, three of which resulted in a total loss of 12 yards, one sack, one quarterback hurry and one interception in a 28-7 win over USA South foe Greensboro. George helped the Tornado defense hold Greensboro to minus-1 net yards rushing on the day. His interception was on Greensboro's opening drive of the second half to preserve Brevard's 21-point advantage. Also Nominated: Julian Cupo, Methodist; Joseph Ledbetter, Averett.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Cole Westberry, Averett - The junior place kicker/punter from Youngsville, North Carolina connected on two fourth-quarter field goals, including one with just over three minutes to play which proved to be the game-winning points in a 22-13 victory over USA South foe Methodist. Westberry made kicks from 24- and 38-yards out while adding two extra points. He also averaged 37.6 yards on five punt attempts, one of which landed inside the 20 yardline. Also Nominated: Trevon Charles, Brevard; Tristan McCann, LaGrange; Ian Hubbs, Maryville; Chase Young, Huntingdon.



Men's Basketball Player of the Week
Kyle Riddley, Pfeiffer - The senior forward from Charlotte, North Carolina hit seven three-pointers and scored 35 points in a 113-73 victory over Bob Jones in the only contest last week for the Falcons. Riddley added six rebounds and two assists in the win. Also Nominated: Ian Best, Averett; Dante Burden, Methodist; Will Crumly, Covenant; Qadhafi Turner, Brevard; Andrew Doty, Berea.

Men's Basketball Rookie of the Week
Andrew Doty, Berea - The freshman center from Irvine, Kentucky notched a double-double of 24 points and 14 rebounds in a 107-99 victory over Kentucky Christian in the team's only contest last week. Also Nominated: Noah Smith, Averett.



Women's Basketball Player of the Week
Mikayla Ray, William Peace - The Asheville, North Carolina junior forward notched a double-double of 34 points and 20 rebounds in a 92-82 loss to Bridgewater in the team's only contest of last week. Ray also added two assists and one steal. Also Nominated: Brooke Anders, Mary Baldwin; Annalee Bollinger, Brevard; Marilauren Farr, LaGrange; Kayla Goldsmith, Methodist; Garis Grant, Agnes Scott; Ravyn Johnson, Averett; Alex Lowery, Huntingdon; A'Mya McClain, Pfeiffer; Amari Price, Piedmont.

Women's Basketball Rookie of the Week
Leah Calhoun, Mary Baldwin - The Churchville, Virginia freshman guard averaged 18.5 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.0 blocks, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game as the Fighting Squirrels started the season 2-0 for the first time since the 2011-12 year. In an 81-70 win over St. Mary's (MD), Calhoun totaled 22 points, nine rebounds, four blocks, two assists and one steal. In a 65-50 victory over Hollins, Calhoun posted 15 points, five rebounds, two steals and one assist. Also Nominated: Caroline Coleman, Meredith; Hope Franklin, Piedmont; Logan Lee, Methodist; Caitlin Reed, Averett; Kalin Smith, Agnes Scott.


PLEASE NOTE: At least half of the teams in a sport must have competed within the previous week for honors to be awarded.