September 16, 2013

Bose Named National, CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week

KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island linebacker Andrew Bose was named the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week for the week of Sept. 14, the conference announced Monday.  Later in the day, the Sports Network named Bose as its FCS National Defensive Player of the Week.

The junior from Huntingtown, Md. had a career high 17 tackles in Rhode Island's 19-13 victory over Albany Saturday night. He combined with James Timmins on a key 11-yard sack in overtime that forced Albany into a fourth-and-18 play that the Great Danes were unable to convert, snapping the Rams' 15-game losing streak in the process.

The 17 tackles by Bose tied the sixth-most in a single game in school history. He had eight solo stops, 1.5 for a loss of five yards and a half-sack. Bose, who did not play in the first quarter, also had a pair of pass breakups in the road win.

Through three games this season, Bose has a team-best 29 tackles, plus 2.5 tackles for loss, .5 sacks and three pass break-ups. He is the first Rhode Island player to win a weekly league honor since Louis Feinstein was the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week for Nov. 7, 2011. The last Ram to be named the Defensive Player of the Week was Victor Adesanya on Sept. 20, 2010.

The other CAA Football honorees for the week were:

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrance West, Jr., RB, Towson
West earns his second weekly honor of the young season following another record-setting performance in Towson's 49-6 win over Delaware State. The junior standout tied a school record first set in 1993 with five touchdowns on just 82 rushing yards in the game. West, whose five scores also represent a new Unitas Stadium record, has now turned in 53 touchdowns in 24 career games.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Derrick Joseph, Jr., KR/WR, Towson
Joseph opened the second half of Towson's dominant win over Delaware State in a big way, returning the Hornets' kickoff 95 yards for a score to become the first player in program history to return three kickoffs for touchdowns in his career. Joseph also snagged a seven-yard pass for a score in the second quarter to finish the game with 119 all-purpose yards.

Rookie of the Week: Christophe Mulumba, R-Fr., LB, Maine
Mulumba continued his quick start to his rookie campaign with his best output yet, racking up a game-high 12 tackles to lead the unbeaten Black Bears to a 35-22 victory in their home-opener against Bryant on Saturday. Mulumba would tack on two pass breakups and a half-sack for a loss of five yards as Maine moved to 3-0 for the first time since 2002.

The other honorees for The Sports Network were:

CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
DeAndre Carter, Sacramento State, WR
Carter caught five touchdown receptions against Southern Oregon in Sacramento State's thrilling overtime victory. Carter pulled in 12 receptions for 122 yards as the favorite target of Garrett Safron, who threw for seven touchdowns. Carter, a junior, was held to just 34 yards receiving in his team's first two games, but exploded Saturday to help his Big Sky Conference team stay in, and win, the game.

Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois, QB
Garoppolo is off to a monstrous start to the season, most recently downing Illinois State with 480 yards and seven touchdowns through the air. The senior quarterback completed 26 of his 41 pass attempts, while not throwing a single interception against the Redbirds. Garoppolo leads the FCS through three games with 1,281 passing yards and 14 touchdowns against just one interception. He's rightfully a co- offensive player of the week after leading his Ohio Valley Conference team to a 57-point effort against a (formerly) ranked Illinois State team.

SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State, PK
The senior place-kicker hit five of his six field goal attempts against North Alabama, including the game-tying 26-yard kick in the first overtime period and the game-winning 20-yard kick in the second overtime for Jacksonville State. Thomas connected on a long attempt of 50 yards in the first quarter, and added conversions from 42 and 44 yards in the next three quarters. He also kicked an extra point on his OVC team's lone touchdown in the first quarter.

FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK
Dallas Brown, South Dakota State, DB/LB
Brown was dominant in his first career start for the Jackrabbits, as he intercepted two passes from Southeastern Louisiana quarterback Bryan Bennett in South Dakota State's 34-26 win over the Lions on Saturday. He returned his first pick for a 52-yard touchdown with 2:25 left to play in the game. His next interception sealed the victory for South Dakota State with just over a minute remaining. The safety-turned-linebacker added six tackles for his Missouri Valley Conference squad.