Price, Sanders honored by league
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Appalachian State’s football team grabbed three of the four weekly awards following its 31-28 victory over Georgia Southern Saturday.
Sean Price received two of
them. He was named the Southern Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week, and the Freshman
of the Week by the league Monday. Price was also named co-Freshman of the Week by The Sports Network.
ASU safety Troy Sanders earned Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Price caught seven passes for a career-high 231 yards and a 56-yard touchdown. The 231 yards set an ASU freshman record and it tied the fourth highest receiving yards total in school history.
It was the second-highest receiving yardage total in the SoCon this season, the 13th highest nationally in the FCS, and the highest yardage total by an FCS freshman. The total also set a Georgia Southern record for most receiving yards surrendered.
Price owns seven ASU freshmen records with 58 receptions, 914 receiving yards, eight touchdowns, five 100-yard games and three straight 100-yad games. He leads all freshmen in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown catches, and ranks at least 11th nationally in all three categories.
Price is also a candidate for the Jerry Rice Award, which is given to the top freshman in the FCS.
Sanders preserved Appalachian State’s victory with an interception at the ASU 21-yard line with 53 seconds left in the game. Sanders also had 10 tackles, two that went for a loss.
Sanders made six of his 10 tackles during Georgia Southern’s final five possessions when the Eagles were limited to just three first downs and no points.
COACHES POLL UPDATE
SPARTANBURG, S.C. — Appalachian State moved up to No. 12 in the AFCA coaches poll that was released Monday.
The Mountaineers (7-3) went from 14 to 12 following their 31-28 victory over Georgia Southern at Paulson Stadium. Appalachian State leaped over Wofford, which slipped from seventh to 14th following its loss to Samford.
Georgia Southern fell to seventh. North Dakota State returned to the top after a two-week absence. Montana State is second, followed by Sam Houston State, Old Dominion and Lehigh, which at 9-0 is the only unbeaten team in the poll.
SPORTS NETWORK POLL
PHILADELPHIA — Appalachian State climbed three spots to No. 12 in The Sports Network poll, which was released Monday.
The Mountaineers (7-3) are the highest ranked team that has at least three losses. Wofford slipped from sixth to 13th, while Georgia Southern slipped to seventh, but still received a first-place vote.
As with the coaches’ poll, North Dakota State is No. 1 in The Sports Network poll. The Bison is followed by Montana State, Sam Houston State, Old Dominion and Eastern Washington in the Top 5.