Charleston Southern running back Christian Reyes (Rogue River, Ore.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week and Bucs' quarterback Danny Croghan III (Charleston, S.C.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
Buoyed by his offensive line of Erik Austell, Blake Stone, Jackson Williamson, Clayton Truitt and Benny Timmons, Reyes rushed for 117 yards on 24 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 31-26 victory over then-No. 3 Coastal Carolina. He also caught two passes for 13 yards to finish the day with 130 all-purpose yards. Reyes scored CSU's final two touchdowns of the day -- a 10-yarder that pushed the Bucs' lead to 24-3 in the second quarter and a three-yard score for a 31-6 advantage early in the third period.
Reyes earn the honor for the second time this season. The Bucs' workhorse has 1,184 rushing yards this season, a CSU record.
Crogan steered the Bucs to a win over the Chanticleers with a 14-of-21 afternoon for 166 yards and a touchdown. The Bucs held the ball for over 40 minutes in the win and piled up over 500 yards of offense. Croghan improved to 5-0 as the Bucs' starter this season.
Liberty defensive back Jacob Hagen (Orange Park, Fla.) was selected as Defensive Player of the Week and VMI placekicker Dillon Christopher (Newport News, Va.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week
Hagen tallied nine tackles (six solo, three assisted), a half-tackle for loss, a forced fumble and an interception in the Flames' victory over Presbyterian. He was the team's top tackler while his six solo stops alone would have been second-most on the squad. Hagen was involved in both of Liberty's two takeaways and each led to points. With PC at the Liberty 10-yard line, Hagen forced a fumble that was recovered by the Flames and led to an eventual touchdown. Just before halftime, Hagen intercepted a deep pass and returned it 44 yards to set-up Liberty's third TD of the day.
Christopher made field goals from 39 and 52 yards and added three PATs to finish with nine points in the Keydets' 27-9 win over Gardner-Webb. His 39-yarder extended VMI's lead to 10-0 in the first half, while his career-long 52-yarder in the third quarter gave the Keydets a 20-3 advantage. It also marked the second-longest field goal made by a freshman in Big South history.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Matt Hazel (Coastal Carolina), Desmond Rice (Liberty).
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: Dylan Black (Charleston Southern), Quinn Backus (Coastal Carolina), Weston Reber (VMI).
Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Truett Burns (Charleston Southern), Alex Catron (Coastal Carolina), Grant Bowden (Liberty).
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: De'Angelo Henderson (Coastal Carolina), Arlando Griffin (Gardner-Webb).