Gist and Watts named SAC Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week

Duo recognized for their contributions to the Tornados 35-28 victory over Mars Hill

Rock Hill, S.C. - The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week have been announced for the week ending November 14, 2010. Carson-Newman College quarterback Doug Belk was named Offensive Player of the Week, while Brevard College safety Michael Gist was named Defensive Player of the Week, and Brevard punter Eric Watts was named Special Teams Player of the Week.

SAC Defensive Player Of The Week
Michael Gist, Brevard College
Jr., S, North Augusta, S.C. (Providence Christian Academy)

Michael Gist had a hand in two turnovers, including the game-ending interception on a Mars Hill pass attempt into the end zone as the Tornados recorded their first SAC victory of the 2010 season. The interception was the Preseason First Team All-SAC selection’s first of the season and he added a fumble recovery, which stalled a Mars Hill drive in the second quarter of the game. The junior safety captained the Brevard College defense to forcing four Lions turnovers in the contest on their way to their first victory over Mars Hill in modern program history. In addition to his interception and fumble recovery, Gist also had six tackles (four solo, two assists).

SAC Special Teams Player Of The Week
Eric Watts, Brevard College
Jr., P, Powhatan, Va. (Old Dominion University)

Eric Watts punted the ball five times for 242 yards, with four of his kicks traveling over 50 yards in successfully pinning the Lions twice inside their 20-yard line, in averaging 48.4 yards per punt attempt in the contest. Watts opened the game with a 56-yard punt in the first quarter, and then added three consecutive 51 yard punts, consistently pinning the Lions on their side of the field. Watts’ final punt was from the Mars Hill 44 yard line and the junior punter downed the ball at the Mars Hill 11 yard line, which indirectly led to the Tornados final touchdown of the game six plays later. In addition to his punting duties, Watts also started at wide receiver, catching one pass for nine yards in the game. Watts came into the game as the SAC leader, averaging 42.2 yards per punt and was 12th overall in the NCAA in punt average.

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