Buggs is MAC East Offense Player of the Week

Marshall's Trod Buggs earned MAC East Offense Player of the Week honors for his 128-yard rushing performance against UMass last Saturday night.

Mid-American Conference Football Players of the Week Week 2 - Games of Sept. 8

East Division

Offense: Trod Buggs, RB, Marshall (Sr., Orlando, FL) - Buggs saw his first extensive action as a running back after playing his first three years as a linebacker. Coming in off the bench due to injuries to Chanston Rodgers and Franklin Wallace, Buggs rushed for 128 yards on just 12 carries and added two receptions for 44 yards and a touchdown. He entered the game with just nine career rushing attempts and 123 tackles as a linebacker. Marshall defeated Massachusetts 49-20.
Defense: Nashville Dyer, CB, Kent State (Jr., Riviera Beach, FL) - Dyer picked off two passes and had five deflections in the Golden Flashes 38-17 win over Bucknell, snapping a six-game losing streak. Dyer became the first KSU player since 1997 to have two interceptions in one game.
Special Teams: Dave Zastudil, P, Ohio (Sr., Bay Village, OH) - Zastudil punted just three times but averaged 54.0 yards per kick in a 20-3 loss at West Virginia. Zastudil's kicks travelled 58, 53 and 51 yards with one dropping inside the WVU 20.

West Division

Offense: Carl Ford, WR, Toledo (Jr., Monroe, MI) - Ford caught four passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns in a 33-7 win at Temple. Ford‚s first TD reception covered 80 yards and gave the Rockets a 7-0 lead. He later grabbed a 20-yard scoring pass for a 19-0 margin in the third quarter.
Defense: Lionel Hickenbottom, SS , Northern Illinois (So., Chicago, IL) - Credited with 17 tackles, 11 of them solos, in a 17-12 loss at Illinois. Also had two tackles for a loss for minus six yards. The Huskies held the Fighting Illini to just three points the first three quarters.
Special Teams: James King, DB, Central Michigan (RS-Fr., Oak Park, MI) - Tied an NCAA record with four blocked punts in a 35-21 loss at Michigan State. Two of the blocks were returned for touchdowns. King equalled the mark of four blocks held by Ken Irvin of Memphis in 1992 against Arkansas State. He also was credited with seven solo tackles and three pass break ups.

Additional Nominations: (East)

Offense - Bowling Green WR David Bautista (6 rec. 70 yds. versus Buffalo); Kent State QB Joshua Cribbs (10-of-22, 145 yds, passing, 90 rushing yards versus Bucknell); Miami WR Michael Larkin (3 rec., 121 yds., 1 TD at Iowa);
Defense - Akron DB Rickie Coble (8 tackles, int. return for 87 yds. and a TD at Ohio State); Bowling Green DL Chris Glantzis (3 solos, 4 assists, 1 ff, 2 pbu, 1 tfl versus Buffalo); Marshall LB Max Yates (7 solos, 3 assists, 1 sack versus Massachusetts); Miami DB Matt Pusateri (12.5 tackles at Iowa); Ohio SS Chris London (4 solos, 6 assists at West Virginia).
Special Teams - Akron P Andy Jerdon (8 punts, 42.6 avg. at Ohio State, 2 inside 5); Bowling Green P Pat Fleming (7 punts, 38.7 avg., 4 inside 20 versus Buffalo); Marshall P/PK Curtis Head (3 punts, 44.3 avg., 7-for-7 PAT versu Massachusetts).

Additional Nominations: (West)

Offense - Northern Illinois TB Thomas Hammock (game-high 111 rushing yards on 23 att. at Illinois).
Defense - Toledo DE Leo Frierson (4 tackles, 3 tfl in 3 quarters at Temple).
Special Teams - Northern Illinois PK Steve Azar (2 FG, one from 50 yards, at Illinois; Toledo PR Donta Greene (1 punt return for 45 yards at Temple).


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