KINGSTON, R.I. – Rhode Island senior linebacker Justin Hogan has been named Co-CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday morning. The Wayne, N.J. native shared the honor with Maine linebacker Sterling Sheffield.
In Rhode Island's 21-19 victory at No. 15 Delaware, Hogan had six tackles and was part of two forced turnovers that helped the Rams clinch the win. His fumble recovery in third quarter ended a drive at the Rhode Island 24-yard line, and the Rams took the lead with a touchdown on their ensuing possession. Hogan also forced a fumble with 4:41 to go in the fourth quarter - again in Rhode Island territory – that teammate Brandon Ginnetti recovered to help seal the win.
Among Hogan's six tackles were a stop after a 1-yard gain and a third-down stop that led to a Delaware punt play, which turned into a botched snap that led to the first touchdown of the game for the Rams.
Rhode Island hosts UAlbany in the home opener Satuday, Sept. 8. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m.
CAA Football Weekly Awards
Offensive Player of the Week
Zach Bednarczyk, QB, Villanova
Co-Defensive Players of the Week
Justin Hogan, LB, Rhode Island
Sterling Sheffield, LB, Maine
Special Teams Player of the Week
Aidan O'Neill, PK, Towson
Rookie of the Week
Dev Holmes, WR, UAlbany