WASHINGTON – Gallaudet University junior linebacker Jaris Alleyne (Waldorf, Md.) was named Defensive Player of the Week for Division III by the Beyond Sports Network (BSN) website on Tuesday. The honor is the first of the season for Alleyne who was a defensive force for the Bison as they beat Becker College, 40-34, to stay perfect last Saturday.
The preseason All-American was all over the field Saturday as he racked up 13 tackles (11 solo), including 4.5 tackles for loss and one sack. Alleyne stopped Becker's momentum multiple times throughout the game. In the first quarter, Alleyne tackled Matthew Romasco in the backfield on 3rd and 2 to stop the Hawks drive and force a punt. Early in the fourth quarter, Becker drove to the Gallaudet 9-yard line and was poised to score but on 3rd and goal, Alleyne broke up a Dylan McGuire pass. This led to another incompletion on 4th and goal, which turned the ball over to the Bison.
Alleyne was one of six Division III players named Defensive Player of the Week by BSN and the lone Eastern Collegiate Football Conference (ECFC) player to be honored this week. This is the second time this year a Bison has earned BSN Defensive Player of the Week as junior defensive lineman Tyler Snider (Thornville, Ohio) was honored in week six for his three sack performance against Mount Ida College.
The Bison (8-0, 5-0 ECFC) look to continue their winning streak as they take on conference opponent Anna Maria on Saturday, Nov. 9, at Hotchkiss Field for a noon kick-off.
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