East Division honorees are Jordan Johnson (RB, Buffalo); JT Jones (DE, Miami) and (Shane Hynes (K, Kent State)
West Division honorees are Logan Woodside (QB, Toledo); Ja'Wuan Woodley (LB, Toledo) and Austin Barnes (P, Eastern Michigan).
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Offensive Player of the Week: Buffalo RB Jordan Johnson
Buffalo senior running back Jordan Johnson (Buffalo, N.Y.) rushed for a school-record 282 yards and two touchdowns in a 41-20 win over Akron. He broke a school record that stood since 1991. Johnson only carried the ball 24 times for an 11.8 yards-per-carry average. He had touchdown runs of 61 and 39 yards and had 10 carries of at least 10 yards. Johnson’s 282 rushing yards were the most by a MAC player this season and the fifth highest total by any player in the nation.
Defensive Player of the Week: Miami DE JT Jones
Miami senior defensive end JT Jones (East Atlanta, Ga.) had a season-high five tackles, two sacks and three tackles for loss in Miami's 28-15 win over Eastern Michigan on Saturday. Jones was part of a defensive unit that held the Eagles to just 33 yards rushing on 23 attempts for the contest. In Eastern Michigan's first seven drives, the Miami defense forced three, three-and-outs and held the Eagles to just 97 yards of offense, helping the RedHawks take a commanding 21-3 advantage.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Kent State K Shane Hynes
Kent State sophomore kicker Shane Hynes (Clarkston, Mich.) connected on a 35-yard game-winning field goal as time expired to give Kent State a 27-24 victory at Central Michigan. Hynes also matched a career-long 43-yard field goal in the first half. He went 3-for-3 on extra points and four of his kickoffs had the Chippewas starting drives inside their own 25-yard line.
Offensive Player of the Week: Toledo QB Logan Woodside
Toledo junior quarterback Logan Woodside (Frankfort, Ky.) completed 32-of-46 passes for 438 yards and three touchdowns vs. Ohio, including a school-record 98-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Jon’Vea Johnson in the third quarter. Woodside’s completions and attempts are a career high, while his passing yardage is second most as a Rocket. With tonight’s effort, Woodside now has a Toledo single-season record 31 touchdown passes, surpassing the all-time mark of 29 set by Bruce Gradkowski in 2003 and 2005.
Defensive Player of the Week: Toledo LB Ja’Wuan Woodley
Toledo junior linebacker Ja’Wuan Woodley (Columbus, Ohio) had nine tackles and a career-tying best three tackles for loss in a 31-26 loss to Ohio on Thursday. He also recorded one sack and one forced fumble.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Eastern Michigan P Austin Barnes
Eastern Michigan junior punter Austin Barnes (Fairview Heights, Ill.) booted six punts for 288 yards (48.0 avg.) in a 28-15 loss to Miami on Saturday. Barnes had three punts of 50+ and two of 60+, plus a season-high 61-yarder. He pinned the RedHawks inside their own 20 three times as well. It was the first game of his career where he has had two punts for more than 60 yards. His season average of 46.4 is ranked sixth in the country and second in the MAC. The redshirt junior punter holds a career average of 43.3 yards, which is second all-time in Eastern Michigan history, while his 6,884 total yards ranks seventh all-time.