Dennis Named SAC Football Offensive Player of the Week


ROCK HILL, SC -- Catawba quarterback Patrick Dennis and Newberry’s Kamaal McIlwain and Britt Blackmon have been named the South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week for the week ending Oct. 18, 2008.  It was announced by the league office on Monday. 

Dennis, a 6-1, 175-pound sophomore from Durham, N.C., threw for a career-high 357 yards and two score in a 37-35 win over Tusculum.  The Cedar Ridge High School graduate completed 19-of-27 passes with no interceptions to up his QB rating to 171.8.  Dennis’ touchdown tosses both came in the third quarter, covering 36 and 51 yards to erase a 21-16 halftime deficit.

McIlwain, a sophomore defensive back, recorded 94 total yards in defensive returns, including a touchdown in Newberry’s 32-21 win over 15th-ranked Wingate.  Prior to halftime, teammate Andre Moyd intercepted a pass at the NC 25 and returned it to the WU 35, where he lateraled the ball to McIlwain who got inside the Wingate one yard line to set up a touchdown.  In the third quarter, he scooped up a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a TD to give NC its largest lead of the night at 19-7. 

Blackmon, a sophomore kicker, accounted for eight points in Newberry’s home win over previously unbeaten Wingate.  The Andrew Jackson High School graduate connected on two of his three field goal attempts (33, 34), while adding a pair of extra points in the win.

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

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