November 2, 2009

Bulldogs Earn Two SoCon Players of the Week for the Second Consecutive Week

Charleston, S.C. - Bulldog football player's Cortez Allen and Tommy Edwards highlight two of the Southern Conference Player of the Week award winners announced by the league Monday afternoon. This is the second consecutive week that The Citadel has earned weekly honors with two players this season.

Redshirt junior Cortez Allen captured the league's Defensive Player of the Week award after recording two interceptions for 112 yards, both in the final quarter against Samford on Saturday. Allen's first interception was off Dustin Taliaferroand and returned 30 yards, putting the Bulldogs at the Samford 5-yard line and setting up the score to increase the lead to 21-10. On the following Samford drive, Allen picked another Samford quarterback at The Citadel's 18-yard line, this time returning it 82 yards for a touchdown to seal the victory at 28-16. The 112 interception return yards by Allen are the second-highest single game total in SoCon history. The defensive back also registered six solo tackles for a total of seven stops for the Bulldogs.

In his collegiate debut, true freshman quarterback Tommy Edwards garnered the Southern Conference's Freshman of the Week award after rallying the Bulldogs to a come-from-behind 10-0 halftime deficit over league foe Samford. The walk-on logged 141 yards and two touchdowns with 10 completions on the afternoon. He completed a 55-yard pass to Van Dyke Jones to log The Citadel's first score of the game.

Last week freshmen Miguel Starks and Van Dyke Jones were honored for their performances in the team's defeat over Furman in week eight. At quarterback, Starks accounted for 327 yards and all five touchdowns in the Bulldogs 38-28 win. Jones recorded his first 100-yard rushing performance against Furman. With 11 carries for a total of 102 yards, his long was a 40-yard dash that extended the Citadel's lead, 38-21. This was Jones' second weekly freshman SoCon award, the first dating back to Oct. 5 against Appalachian State.

The Bulldogs (4-4 overall, 2-3 SoCon) host Wofford on Saturday, Nov. 7 at 3:05 p.m. for a televised SportSouth game at Johnson Hagood Stadium. For more information on Bulldog Football, visit the official website of The Citadel Athletics at www. CitadelSports.com.

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