Darden Named C-USA Special Teams POTW
Freshman Returned A Punt 81 Yards For A Score In Win At Rice
IRVING - North Texas freshman wide receiver Jaelon Darden earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors following his standout performance in the Mean Green's 30-14 win at Rice this past week, Conference USA announced Monday. C-USA Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league's media members.
Darden (Houston) made his Houston homecoming one to remember, sparking the Mean Green in the second quarter in their 30-14 win at Rice with a scintillating 81-yard punt return for a touchdown. Darden averaged 42.5 yards on his punt returns with the score, the first on special teams of his career. Darden’s score pushed the North Texas lead to 21-7, and helped put some separation between the pair midway through the quarter.
The Mean Green (9-3, 7-1 C-USA) head into this weekend’s Dynacraft Conference USA Championship Game at Florida Atlantic seeking their first conference title since 2004 when North Texas captured the Sun Belt title. The championship game kicks off at 11 a.m. CT Saturday, Dec. 2, and will be broadcast live on ESPN2.
Offensive Player of the Week – Sept. 4 – Jeffery Wilson, RB, North Texas; Sept. 11 – Tyre Brady, WR, Marshall and Brent Stockstill, QB, Middle Tennessee; Sept. 18 – Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss; Sept. 25 – Jeffery Wilson, RB, North Texas; Oct. 2 – Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic and Jalen Guyton, WR, North Texas; Oct. 9 – Ito Smith, RB, Southern Miss; Oct. 16 – Mason Fine, QB, North Texas; Oct. 23 – Jason Driskel, QB, Florida Atlantic; Oct. 30 - Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic; Nov. 6 - Devin Singletary, RB, Florida Atlantic; Nov. 13 – Ray Lawry, RB, Old Dominion; Nov. 20 – Mike White, QB, WKU; Nov. 27 – Terrelle West, RB, Middle Tennessee.
Defensive Player of the Week – Sept. 4 – Dae’Von Washington, LB, Louisiana Tech; Sept. 11 – Khalil Brooks, LB, Middle Tennessee; Sept. 18 – Jaylon Ferguson, DE, Louisiana Tech; Sept. 25 – Josiah Tauaefa, LB, UTSA and Joe Brown, DB, WKU; Oct. 2 – Secdrick Cooper, S, Louisiana Tech; Oct. 9 – Khalil Brooks, LB, Middle Tennessee; Oct. 16 – Fermin Silva, DL, FIU; Oct. 23 – Marcus Davenport, DE, UTSA; Oct. 30 – Brad Muhammad, CB, FIU; Nov. 6 – Jalen Young, S, Florida Atlantic; Nov. 13 – Racheem Boothe, LB, Southern Miss; Nov. 20 – Kelsey Douglas, DB, Southern Miss; Nov. 27 – Russell Farris, LB, Louisiana Tech.
Special Teams Player of the Week – Sept. 4 – Keion Davis, KR, Marshall; Sept. 11 – Kaare Vedvik, K/P, Marshall; Sept. 18 – Jonathan Barnes, K, Louisiana Tech; Sept. 25 – Trevor Moore, K, North Texas; Oct. 2 – Stone Wilson, P, FIU; Oct. 9 – Stacy Keely, DE, UAB; Oct. 16 - Kaare Vedvik, K/P, Marshall; Oct. 23 – Parker Shaunfield, K, Southern Miss; Oct. 30 – Isaiah Harper, KR, Old Dominion; Nov. 6 – Nick Vogel, K, UAB; Nov. 13 Kerrith Whyte, Jr..; Nov. 20 – Jared Sackett, K, UTSA; Nov. 27 – Jaelon Darden, PR, North Texas.