Temple Named SAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week


ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba senior place kicker Jared Temple (Durham, NC) has been named the South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week as the league announced its football Players of the Week for the week ending Sept. 29. Tusculum claimed the other two awards after a thrilling 31-28 victory over No. 18 Wingate Saturday.  Quarterback Corey Russell (Speedwell, TN) was the offensive selection, while defensive back Jeremy Thompson (Rome, GA) earned the defensive honor.

Jared Temple joined the Catawba Indian team two weeks into the season due to the suspension of the team’s regular kicker.  Temple had a big game, converting six-of-six extra point tries and his first career field goal attempt as the hosts defeated No. 23 Mars Hill 45-21 Thursday night.

Temple’s 26-yard boot to open the fourth quarter gave Catawba a 38-14 lead.  A 5-10, 155-pound Northern Durham High School product, Temple had converted only four-of-seven PAT in each of his first two games.  In front of a national television audience Thursday, Temple did not miss a kick and accounted for nine total points.

Russell passed for a school-record 438 yards in the Pioneers’ 31-28 win over number 18 Wingate Saturday.  He completed 26-of-40 passes and notched four touchdown passes. Russell’s 438 passing yards are also the eighth-most in league history.  Thompson picked off two passes to stop Wingate drives, including one in the end zone in the fourth quarter. It was the first of two picks in the end zone on the day for the Tusculum secondary. In addition to his interception theatrics, Thompson accumulated six tackles on the day.

The SAC Football Players of the Week are selected by a vote of the league’s sports information directors.

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