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

Updated 11/6/2000
CLEVELAND, Ohio (Nov. 6, 2000) -- Toledo running back Chester Taylor, Miami linebacker Terrell Jones and Marshall punt return specialist Maurice Hines, were honored as this week's Mid-American Conference Players of the Week for the tenth week of the season.

MAC Offensive Player of the Week

Chester Taylor

Toledo running back Chester Taylor (Sr., River Rouge, Mich.)
Taylor rushed for a career-high 230 yards and two touchdowns on 30 carries in a 38-24 win at Northern Illinois. His second score was a 73-yarder, the longest run of his career, that gave UT a 28-24 lead just before halftime. Taylor became the second running back in UT history to gain over 1,000 yards in two seasons. His 1,175 yards this season is one yard shy of his 1999 total.

Also nominated: Buffalo QB Joe Freedy (23-36, 323 yards, 1 TD versus Kent State); Eastern Michigan TB John White (137 yds., 30 att., 2 TDs versus Central Michigan); Kent State QB Jeff Valentino (18-30, 185 yds., 1 TD versus Buffalo); Marshall RB Franklin Wallace (86 yds., 20 att., 1 TD versus Bowling Green); Miami WR Jason Branch (5 rec., 143 yds, 2 TDs, game winning TD rec. versus Ohio); Northern Illinois TB Thomas Hammock (160 yds., 26 att., 2 TDs versus Toledo); Western Michigan RB Robert Sanford (151 yds., 23 att., 3 TDs versus Northern Illinois).

Terrell Jones

MAC Defensive Player of the Week
Miami middle linebacker Terrell Jones (Fr., St. Louis, Mo.)

Jones finished Miami's 27-24 win over Ohio with a career-high 23 tackles, including two sacks and a forced fumble. The forced fumble came in the final seconds when Ohio was trying to move into field goal range and force a tie. Jones totaled 16 solo tackles and seven assisted tackles in holding the Bobcats, a team which had averaged 46 points per game its previous three games, to just 24 points.

Also nominated: Eastern Michigan LB Kenny Philpot (9 tackles, 3 tfl, 1 sack, 2 forced fumbles); Kent State LB Matt Rayl (15 tackles, 5 tfl -18 yds., 2 sacks - 13 yds. versus Buffalo); Marshall DE Ralph Street (9 tackles, 2 sacks versus Bowling Green); Toledo CB Brandon Hefflin (8 tackles, 1 int. in end zone versus Northern Illinois); Western Michigan OLB Terrence Moore (8 tackles, 3 tfl -9 yds. versus Ball State).

Maurice Hines

MAC Special Teams Player of the Week
Marshall punt return specialist Maurice Hines (Sr., East Point, Ga.)

Hines' 60-yard punt return for a touchdown with 2:45 left in the fourth quarter gave Marshall a 20-13 win at Bowling Green. Hines' score climaxed the Herd's comeback from a 13-0 deficit. It was the first Marshall punt return for a touchdown since 1998.

Also nominated: Buffalo P Mike Masucci (5 punts, 40.0 avg., 3 inside 20 versus Kent State); Kent State KR Shawn Shoemaker (2 KOR, 86 yds., 1 PR, 6 yds.); Northern Illinois KR Justin McCareins (2 KOR, 60 yds., 2 PR, 49 yds., versus Toledo); Toledo P Brandon Hannum (45 ypk on 4 punts, career-high 60-yarder versus Northern Illinois); Western Michigan PR Josh Bush (4 ret., 79 yds., 19.8 avg.).