Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, Akron Players Recognized as MAC Pepsi Players of the Week
Cleveland, Ohio - (Oct. 11) Central Michigan tailback Eric Flowers, Northern Illinois strong safety Jermaine Hampton and Akron wide receiver Andrew Wilson were honored as Mid-American Conference Pepsi Players of the Week for the sixth week of the 1999 season.
MAC Pepsi Offensive Player of the Week
Central Michigan tailback Eric Flowers (Sr., Trenton, N.J.)
Flowers scored a career-high four touchdowns while rushing for 219 yards on 42 carries in a 38-19 win at Buffalo. The Chippewas snapped a four-game losing streak and won their first MAC game of the season. For Flowers, it was his fourth career game over 200 yards and his 219 yards is the most in the MAC this season.
Also nominated: Akron tailback Brandon Payne (Fr., Rankin, Pa.) rushed for 93 yards and three touchdowns in a 41-28 win against Ohio; Bowling Green's Robert Redd (So., Dayton, Ohio) had six receptions for 115 yards and a touchdown in a 45-31 loss to Miami; Buffalo tailback Derrick Gordon (So., Brooklyn, N.Y.) rushed for 124 yards and three touchdowns on 19 attempts in a 38-19 loss to Central Michigan; Miami's Travis Prentice (Sr., Louisville, Ky.) rushed for 209 yards while compiling 263 all-purpose yards and three touchdowns in a 45-31 win at Bowling Green; Northern Illinois tailback William Andrews (Jr., Oaklawn, Ill.) rushed for 117 yards on 12 carries, including a 79-yard TD run in a 37-17 conquest of Ball State; Ohio wide receiver Raynald Ray (Jr., San Antonio, Texas) had 228 all-purpose yards, including 99 yards and one touchdown receiving in a 41-28 loss at Akron; Toledo quarterback Tavares Bolden (So., Cleveland, Ohio) completed 14-of-20 passes for 164 yards and two touchdowns in a 47-7 win against Kent; Western Michigan wide receiver Steve Neal (Jr., Benton Harbor, Mich.) had five receptions for 167 yards and three touchdowns in a 40-37 overtime win at Eastern Michigan.
MAC Pepsi Defensive Player of the Week
Northern Illinois strong safety Jermaine Hampton (Jr., Riverdale, Ill.)
In a 38-19 win versus Ball State, Hampton keyed the Huskies' defensive efforts with two interceptions, one of which he returned 44 yards for a touchdown. He also had 13 tackles, nine of those solos, two tackles for a loss and one sack. The interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Huskie since the 1996 season (Duane Hawthorne).
Also nominated: Akron free safety Jon Eaton (Sr., Wheelersburg, Ohio) had 12 tackles, eight solo stops, a forced fumble and also punted four times for a career best 48 yards per kick; Miami defensive tackle Andy Aracri (Jr., Kettering, Ohio) had eight tackles, five solos, one fumble recovery and one sack in a 45-31 win at Bowling Green; Toledo linebacker Jason Lamar (Sr., Ypsilanti, Mich.) had 10 tackles and three tackles for losses of 25 yards in a 47-7 win against Kent; Western Michigan linebacker Scott Niles (Sr., Brighton, N.Y.) made 15 tackles, 11 solos, one sack, and forced a fumble in a 40-37 win at Eastern Michigan
MAC Pepsi Special Teams Player of the Week
Akron wide receiver Andrew Wilson (Stow, Ohio)
In a 41-28 win against Ohio, Wilson blocked the Bobcat's first punt attempt of the day to set up an early touchdown that gave the Zips a 14-0 lead at the time.
Also nominated: Miami placekicker Andy Brumbergs (Fr., Solon, Ohio) scored nine points on a 33-yard field goal and 6-of-6 on PAT in a 45-31 win at Bowling Green: Northern Illinois placekicker Kent Baker (Sr., Terre Haute, Ind.) posted 13 points on three field goals (35, 38 and 38) and 4-of-4 PATs in a 37-17 win at Ball State.