Offensive Player of the Week:
Akron QB Thomas Woodson
Akron sophomore quarterback Thomas Woodson (Monroeville, Pa.) guided the Zips to 475 yards of total offense in the 42-21 win over Buffalo, giving Akron bowl eligibility for the first time in 10 years (since 2005). In the process, Woodson threw for 17-of-30 and 258 yards and a career-high four touchdowns while rushing for 39 yards. With the passing yards on the day, he moved up to No. 15 in both the season (1,894 yards) and career (2,700 yards) lists.
Defensive Player of the Week:
Miami DL Bryson Albright
Miami senior defensive line Bryson Albright (Cincinnati, Ohio) recorded seven tackles, two sacks, 2.5 tackles for loss and a game-clinching interception in a 20-13 win at UMass. His first career interception came on fourth down from the Miami 17-yard line as UMass threatened to tie the game. Albright was also part of a defensive effort that allowed just 250 total yards to UMass' high powered offense.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Ohio K Josiah Yazdani
Ohio senior kicker Josiah Yazdani (Albany, Ohio) had a solid kicking game for the Bobcats in a 48-31 win over Ball State hitting field goals from 42 and 41 yards while also going 6-6 on PAT attempts. Yazdani leads the Bobcats this season with 69 points and has gone 10-15 on field goals and 39-39 on PAT. During his career Yazdani is perfect on PAT attempts going 96-96
Offensive Player of the Week:
Toledo RB Kareem Hunt
Toledo junior running back Kareem Hunt (Willoughby, Ohio) carried a season-high 29 times for a season-best 153 yards and two touchdowns in a 44-28 win over Bowling Green. His two touchdowns give him 31 career rushing touchdowns, tying Emerson Cole (1947-49) for fifth place on Toledo’s all-time list. Hunt also moved into fifth place on the Rockets’ all-time rushing list in the first quarter. He moved past former Rocket Jalen Parmele (2004-07) and now has 3,252 yards in his career. Hunt topped the 100-yard mark for the third straight game and 19th time in his career.
Defensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois LB Boomer Mays
Northern Illinois senior linebacker Boomer Mays (Lawrence, Kan.) made a career high 15 tackles, including 12 solo stops, in a 27-19 win over Western Michigan. Mays broke up a career-high two passes, had a quarterback hurry and half a sack in the NIU win. His biggest tackle came on first and goal for the Broncos from the NIU four-yard line with less than four minutes to play and NIU leading 27-19. He put a huge hit on running back Jamauri Bogan at the one-yard line to prevent a touchdown. Western Michigan did not score on the drive. Mays leads NIU in tackles on the season with 83.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Central Michigan K Brian Eavey
Central Michigan junior kicker Brian Eavey (Grand Lodge, Mich.) nailed two field goals and three PATs in a 27-14 win at Kent State. On a windy night, Eavey made a pair of field goals from 23 and 35 yards. Eavey also was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra points. His lone miss was a 59-yard attempt at the end of the half.
The Mid-American Conference has announced its football Week 12 Players of the week. MAC East honorees are Thomas Woodson (Akron), Bryson Albright (Miami) and Josiah Yazdani (Ohio). MAC West honorees are Kareem Hunt (Toledo), Boomer Mays (Northern Illinois) and Brian Eavey (Central Michigan).
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