East Division POTW are: QB Tyree Jackson (Buffalo), LB Junior McMullen (Miami) and K Ddam Mitcheson (Buffalo)
West Division POTW are: QB Zach Terrell (Western Michigan), LB Jeremiah Harris (Eastern Michigan) and KR Darius Phillips (Western Michigan)
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Offensive Player of the Week: Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson
Buffalo redshirt freshman Tyree Jackson (Norton Shores, Mich.) had the best game of his young career in a 23-20 (OT) win over Army. In only his second career start, Jackson accounted for all three of the Bulls touchdowns in their comeback victory as ran for two touchdowns and passed for another. He finished 20-of-31 for 178 yards and a touchdown and added 34 yards rushing and two scores on the ground. With the Bulls trailing, 10-0, in the third quarter, Jackson’s one-yard run to cut the lead to 10-6. Jackson connected with Kamathi Holsey on a 5-yard touchdown to bring the Bulls within a touchdown. Jackson orchestrated the game-tying 62-yard drive and tied the game on a one-yard touchdown drive. He found Mason Schreck to convert a 4th and 9 and keep the drive alive. Jackson was 9-of-13 for 109 yards and a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Defensive Player of the Week: Miami LB Junior McMullen
Miami junior linebacker Junior McMullen (Oak Park, Mich.) recorded a career-high 14 tackles, including one tackle for loss, in a 27-20 loss at Cincinnati. His previous high was seven tackles last week versus Western Kentucky.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Buffalo K Adam Mitcheson
Buffalo sophomore kicker Adam Mitcheson (Pittsburgh, Pa.) made his only field goal of the game, a 33-yarder in overtime, to lift the Bulls to a 23-20 win over Army. Mitcheson was also 2-of-3 on extra points. His extra point with 2:26 remaining in the game tied the contest at 20.
Offensive Player of the Week: Western Michigan QB Zach Terrell
Western Michigan senior quarterback Zach Terrell (Fort Wayne, Ind.) threw for 270 yards and four touchdowns in Western Michigan’s 49-31 win over Georgia Southern, to move the Broncos to 4-0 on the season, their best start since 1994. Terrell was 18-of-27 on the day and for the year has nine touchdown passes against zero interceptions. His four touchdown passes tied a career-high, a feat he has previously done four other times. For his career, Terrell has 72 TD passes, fourth place all-time at Western Michigan and just two behind Alex Carder who is in third with 74.
Defensive Player of the Week: Eastern Michigan LB Jeremiah Harris
Eastern Michigan sophomore defensive lineman Jeremiah Harris (Lambertville, Mich.) led the Eagles impressive defensive effort in a thrilling, 27-24, win over Wyoming, Sept. 23. Harris finished with five tackles, highlighted by a sack that resulted in an eight-yard loss. Harris was all over the field for the Eagles, forcing a quarterback hurry and blocking a pass at the line of scrimmage in addition to making a momentum shifting play in the third quarter. With less than a minute remaining in the third period, Harris and the Eagle defense put together a goal line stand that ultimately forced Wyoming to attempt a field goal. Harris blocked the 22-yard field goal attempt, keeping the score 20-17, in favor of Eastern Michigan. Ultimately, Eastern ended up winning by just three points, 27-24.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Western Michigan KR Darius Phillips
Western Michigan junior Darius Phillips (Detroit, Mich.) had his second special teams score of the season on Saturday night, with a 100-yard kick return for a touchdown against Georgia Southern. He is just one of four players in the country this season to return a kickoff 100 yards. He previously scored on a punt return against North Carolina Central. Coming into Saturday’s game, Georgia Southern had allowed only 9.0 yards per kickoff return, a feat Phillips trumped. It is the third kickoff return for a touchdown in his career after having one each of the previous two seasons. The 100-yard return tied his career-high, previously set against Michigan State last season.