UU’s Saunders named MEC player of the week


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BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. — D.J. Greene (Notre Dame), Jeremiah Johnson (Concord), Garrett Lee (Concord) and Trevon Saunders (Urbana University) have earned Mountain East Conference Player of the Week honors for their play in the third week of the season.

Greene, a junior from Willoughby, Ohio, rushed for a school-record 286 yards to help lead the Falcons past West Virginia State on Saturday afternoon. Greene’s 286 yards are the most in NCAA Division II in a game this season and third-most in MEC history. His four rushing touchdowns also matched a conference record.

Johnson, a senior from Baltimore, Md., recorded a pair of crucial interceptions in Concord’s 7-0 win over UVa-Wise last Thursday night. Johnson’s first pick of the night was in the second quarter in the end zone that stopped a Cavalier scoring opportunity. The second came in the fourth quarter, and Johnson returned it 36 yards for the touchdown and the game’s only points as the Mountain Lions posted the shutout victory.

Lee and Saunders shared Special Teams Player of the Week honors for their efforts last week. Lee, a senior from Pearlsburg, Va., played a critical role in helping Concord control field position in its 7-0 win over UVa-Wise. He punted nine times for an average of 41.4 yards, with three punts of over 40 yards and five landing inside the 20-yard line. Saunders, a senior from Columbus, Ohio, had an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown and returned another for 65 yards down to the five-yard line as the Blue Knights downed Lake Erie College. He finished with 235 all-purpose yards against the Storm.

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