Kevin Pharaon Named MEC Defensive Player of the Week

Kevin Pharaon Named MEC Defensive Player of the Week

BRIDGEPORT -- Brycen Lee (UVa-Wise), Kevin Pharaon (West Virginia Wesleyan) and Chandler Carrera (Glenville State) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the ninth week of the season.

Lee, a redshirt freshman from Mayo, Fla., is the MEC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Cavs to victory against Urbana. He completed 36-of-43 passes for a season-high 387 yards with four touchdowns. He also engineered a 7-play, 81-yard game-winning drive for the Cavs by completing 5-for-5 passes for 81 yards as UVa-Wise won 39-36 over the Blue Knights.

Pharaon, a senior from Silver Spring, Md., is the league's Defensive Player of the Week for his role in WVWC's 27-25 win over Charleston. Pharaon was in on nine tackles, eight of which were solo stops. He also contributed two tackles for a loss and broke up a pass for the Bobcats.

Carrera, a sophomore from Charlottesville, Va., is the MEC Special Teams Player of the Week after helping the Pioneers to a 19-8 win over Concord. He hit a pair of field goals, one from 39 and another from 27 yards out, and also added an extra point for the Pioneers. He also punted five times with a long of 42 and one landing inside the 20-yard line.

Other Top Performances
Offense: Thomas Boles (GSC) had a career-high 153 yards rushing as the Pioneers earned the victory ... Ian Waddell (WVWC) had four receptions for 95 yards and a touchdown ... Jeff Ziemba (SU) was 20-of-31 for 303 yards with two touchdowns passing and two on the ground ... Dakota Conwell (WLU) accounted for 292 yards of total offense against Shepherd ... Dionta Brown (WVSU) had 148 yards on just 16 carries ... Tajuan Green (UU) had 427 yards passing and five touchdowns. 
Defense: Zachary Blair (UVa-Wise) had eight tackles, including three for a loss, and is now just 1.5 TFL away from the NCAA career record ... Earon Settles (GSC) had nine tackles in a Pioneers' win ... Octavius Thomas (SU) recorded 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops, as the Rams downed West Liberty ... Kevin Medler (WLU) had 10 tackles and forced a fumble ... Zach Malone (CU) was in on 15 tackles and also forced a fumble for the Mountain Lions ... Josh Dillard (UU) had a team-high 12 tackles with two for a loss and a forced fumble.
Special Teams: Tyler Fischer (WVWC) hit the game-winning field goal from 40 yards out with seven minutes left to help the Bobcats past Charleston ... in addition to quarterback duties, Brycen Lee (UVa-Wise) was forced into punting duties with averaging 40.5 yards on four punts with two inside the 20 ... Christian Morris (WLU) had two field goals on the day against Shepherd. 

2016 MEC Players of the Week
Week Offense Defense Special Teams
Sept. 5 Emmaneul Smith (NDC) Zachary Blair (WISE) Chandler Carrera (GSC)
Sept. 12 Fabian Guerra (FSU) Kyle Alexander (WVSU) Ruan Venter (SU)
Sept. 19 Michael Anderson (WVWC) Nick Lopez (GSC) Brandon Purk (UU)
Sept. 26 Billy Brown (SU) D'Angelo Niler (SU) Sam Keil (FSU)
Oct. 3 Mitchell Shegos (NDC) Zachary Blair (WISE) Trent Martin (WISE)
Oct. 10 Jeff Ziemba (SU) Ed Kargbo (WISE) Marvelle Ross (NDC)
Oct. 17 Connor Jessop (SU) Stephen Turner (FSU) Osman Kargbo (WLU)
Oct. 24 Tajuah Green (UU) Demonne Cox (FSU) Laurence King (FSU)
Oct. 31 Brycen Lee (WISE) Kevin Pharaon (WVWC) Chandler Carrera (GSC)