WHITINGHAM, Vt. - The Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) named its players of the week for Sept. 24 and two Gallaudet University players were recognized for their outstanding performances. Senior defensive end Jared Pearce (Reno, Nev.) was named Defensive Player of the Week and senior cornerback Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) was named Special Teams Player of the Week for their contributions in a dominant 35-7 victory over Apprentice School last Saturday afternoon at Hotchkiss Field.
The Bison defense forced four turnovers on the day as the defensive line, led by Pearce, was constantly wreaking havoc in the Builders' offensive backfield. Pearce finished the day with a team-high nine tackles (seven solos), three tackles for a loss of seven yards, and two sacks for a loss of six yards. The honor is the first of Pearce's collegiate career.
With a 7-0 lead early in the second quarter, Tatum lined up on the GU 20-yard line to return a punt after the Bison defense held the Builders to a three-and-out. He received the punt on the 25-yard line, shook off two defenders and raced down the sideline for the first punt return touchdown of his career. The award marks the third time in three years that the ECFC has named Tatum as one of their most outstanding players of the week.
ECFC Offensive Player of the Week honors went to Castleton State College running back Tyler Carpenter who accounted for four of his team's five touchdowns in their first-ever win over conference rival SUNY Maritime last Saturday. Castleton senior linebacker Keith Schneider was selected as the ECFC Rookie of the Week as he recorded seven tackles in the 35-16 win over the Privateers.
These awards give Gallaudet three conference honors this season as freshman running back BJ Flores (Raymondville, Texas) was named the ECFC Rookie of the Week on Sept. 10.
The Bison (2-1) look to continue their strong play this weekend when they open their conference slate at Hotchkiss Field against Anna Maria College (1-2) on Saturday, Sept. 29, at noon.