Northern Illinois, Toledo and Miami Student-Athletes Named MAC Players of the Week

Updated 10/16/2000
CLEVELAND (Oct. 16, 2000) -- Running back Thomas Hammock of Northern Illinois, Toledo defensive end DeJuan Goulde and Miami punter and placekicker Kent McCullough were honored as this week's Mid-American Conference Players of the Week for the seventh week of the season.

MAC Offensive Player of the Week
Northern Illinois running back Thomas Hammock (So., Fort Wayne, Ind.) Hammock ran for a MAC record-tying five touchdowns and a personal best of 174 yards in the Huskies' 52-35 win at Akron. Hammock's record-tying touchdowns came from 9, 5, 1, 15 and 34 yards and were among his 32 rushing attempts. Hammock became the first MAC back since Central Michigan's Brian Pruitt in 1994 versus Toledo to rush for five touchdowns in a game. Hammock's two third-quarter touchdowns rallied the Huskies from a 28-27 deficit to a 35-28 lead and his fourth quarter score secured the final margin.

Also nominated: Akron QB Butchie Washington (12-28, 324 yds., 3 TDs vs. NIU); Miami RB Steve Little (career-high 149 yards, 25 att., 6.0 ypc, 51 yd. TD run vs. BGSU); Ohio QB Dontrell Jackson (9-11, 136 yds., 1 TD vs. Kent State); Toledo QB Tavares Bolden (13-18, 140 yds., 2 TDs vs. Marshall).

MAC Defensive Player of the Week

DeJuan Goulde

Toledo defensive end DeJuan Goulde (Sr., Euclid, Ohio) Goulde led the Rockets to a 42-0 win over Marshall with seven tackles, five tackles for a loss, three sacks and a fumble return for a touchdown. Goulde's first-quarter fumble return for a touchdown from 17 yards out put the Rockets up 14-0 and gained early momentum. The shutout was the first suffered by the Herd since a 1989, 14-0, loss to UT-Chattanooga, a span of 151 games.

Also nominated: Ball State ILB Shaka Johnson (12 tackles, 1 tfl vs. EMU); Miami DE Brian Potter (3 sacks, 5 tackles vs. BGSU); NIU LB Larry Williams (8 tackles, 2 sacks vs. Akron).

MAC Special Teams Player of the Week

Kent McCullough

Miami punter/placekicker Kent McCullough (Sr., Coraopolis, Pa.) McCullough had his best game of the season with a 47.1 yards per kick punting average and three of five touchbacks on kickoffs. Three of his punts landed inside the BGSU 20-yard line in a 24-10 RedHawk victory. McCullough's kicking, including a 62-yard punt, aided the RedHawks in a close game that was tied at 7-7 going into the fourth quarter.

Also nominated: NIU PK Steve Azar (14 points, 3-3 FG from 37, 39, 42 yards, 5-5 PAT vs. Akron); Ohio PK Kevin Kerr (14 points, 3-3 FG from 21, 41, 31 yards, 5-5 PAT vs. Kent State)