This week’s MAC East POTW are: Nick Holley (QB, Kent State); Javon Hagan (S, Ohio) and Joseph Davidson (P, Bowling Green.
This week’s MAC West POTW are: Jarvion Franklin (RB, Western Michigan); Amari Coleman (DB, Central Michigan) and Christian Hargan (K, Northern Illinois)
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Offensive Player of the Week: Kent State QB Nick Holley
Kent State junior Nick Holley (Toledo, Ohio) led a 44-20 victory at Buffalo, becoming the first Kent State player since 2008 to rush for four touchdowns in a game. Rushing for 224 yards on 24 attempts, Holley became the first Kent State player to surpass 200 yards on the ground since 2012. For the second straight week with Holley at quarterback, the Flashes did not commit a turnover. He completed seven passes for 89 yards. Holley’s 67-yard touchdown run on the Flashes’ second possession gave Kent State a 10-0 lead as the Flashes held a two-possession edge throughout the rest of the game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Ohio S Javon Hagan
Ohio redshirt freshman safety Javon Hagan (Jacksonville, Fla.) led with nine tackles including seven solo hits in a 30-24 win over Bowling Green last Saturday. Hagan also had an interception while also forcing his fourth fumble of the year. He also had a tackle for four yards lost. Hagan is third in the NCAA and leads the MAC in forced fumbles and ranks second in the MAC in interceptions.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Bowling Green P Joseph Davidson
Bowling Green junior Joseph Davidson (Findlay, Ohio) averaged 59.7 yards per punt on three punts in a 30-24 loss at Ohio, the highest single-game average for any punter in the country this year. Two of his three punts landed inside the 20 and he had a career-long 79-yarder, the longest punt in the country this year, that ranks as the fourth-longest in program history. He ranks fourth in the country in yards per punt and third nationally in net punting average.
Offensive Player of the Week: Western Michigan RB Jarvion Franklin
Western Michigan junior running back Jarvion Franklin (Tinley Park, Ill.) had a career-high 249 all-purpose yards (169 rushing and 80 receiving) in No. 25 Western Michigan’s 45-30 win over Northern Illinois on Saturday. Franklin recorded both a rushing and receiving touchdown, giving him 34 rushing touchdowns for his career, second most in program history. He caught his touchdown pass on a 4th-and-5 play in the first quarter on a wheel route from 32 yards out for the team’s first score of the night. Later, he had a 39-yard catch and run which included absorbing a blow to the head and kept running to the NIU 23. His rushing touchdown in the second quarter gave Western Michigan a 21-7 lead.
Defensive Player of the Week: Central Michigan DB Amari Coleman
Central Michigan junior defensive back Amari Coleman (Flint, Mich.) had four tackles, broke up three passes and intercepted a pass in the end zone with 1:37 left in the game to help CMU secure a 24-21 victory against Ball State.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Northern Illinois K Christian Hagan
Northern Illinois junior kicker Christian Hagan (Omaha, Neb.) kept the Huskies in the game at Western Michigan by hitting all three of his field goal attempts and totaled a season-high 12 points in the 45-30 loss. Hagan hit field goals from 30, 19 and 37 yards in the game, with his last two kicks pulling NIU within one point of Western Michigan in the second half (21-20 and 24-23). He also was effective on kickoffs as NIU employed strategic directional kicks to keep explosive WMU return man Darius Phillips contained. Hagan’s kicks toward the sidelines helped NIU limit Phillips to just 17 yards per return on six kickoff returns. He came into the game averaging 31 yards per return.