Thomas Warren, Rah Muhammad, Cass Couey Gain Conference, National Awards
Charleston, S.C. – Senior kicker Thomas Warren, sophomore linebacker Rah Muhammad and senior punter Cass Couey were named as recipients of Southern Conference and national awards two days after helping The Citadel defeat Georgia Southern 23-21 at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
In addition to the three players, Kevin Higgins was honored as the Southern Pigskin coach of the week after leading the Bulldogs to the win over the third-ranked Eagles and a berth in the Top 25 for the first time in four years.
Nationally, Warren was named the special teams player of the week by The Sports Network while Muhammad picked up the defensive player of the week nod from College Sports Madness and the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
Warren was also named the SoCon special teams player of the week by the conference office and Southern Pigskin. Muhammad added a weekly conference award from Southern Pigskin and was joined by Warren and Couey on the CFPA conference honor roll.
Warren was selected after kicking three field goals against the Eagles, including the game-winning 37-yarder with 35 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Bishop England graduate added field goals of 42 yards in the second quarter that gave The Citadel a 17-14 lead at halftime and 39 yards late in the third that pushed the Bulldog advantage to six.
He added a pair of PATs in the first quarter as The Citadel built a 14-0 lead, giving him a total of 11 points on the night. Warren became the first Bulldog to make three field goals in a game since Mike Adams did so against Western Carolina in 2007.
Muhammad, a graduate of Gadsden City (Ala.) High School, was all over the field on Saturday, recording 14 tackles and a forced fumble to spearhead a defensive effort that held the powerful Georgia Southern attack in check for most of the night. Nine of his tackles were solo stops
Couey helped the Bulldogs win the field position battle with an average of 47.2 yards on four punts, including a 66-yarder that fell two yards shy of his career high. A graduate of Freedom High School in Tampa, Fla., Couey pinned Georgia Southern at its seven on his first punt of the game, leading to an Eagle fumble and a Bulldog touchdown for an early 7-0 lead.
Couey, who has been The Citadel's punter the past four years, increased his career average to 40.7, tied with Kenny Caldwell for second in school history and trailing only Greg Davis (42.1).