UU’s Chapple earns MEC defensive honors

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Urbana University’s Kevin Chapple has been named Mountain East Conference Defensive Player of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.

Chapple, a junior linebacker, helped UU capture its first win of the season at West Virginia State last Saturday, 30-23.

A native of Columbus, Chapple recorded 8.5 tackles against the Yellow Jackets with five of those stops going down as tackles for loss. That number is tied for the second-most TFL’s in a single game ever recorded by a Blue Knight in the school’s history.

Former Blue Knight Travis Brisco was the last UU player credited with five TFL’s against Tusculum on Sept. 18, 2010.

The UU single-game record is six, currently held by Shawn Lewis (Oct. 17, 2009 vs. St. Joseph’s).

Chapple also came up with a big fumble recovery in the first quarter versus WVSU, which he returned 24 yards to set up UU’s opening touchdown.

His presence caused issues for the WVSU offense all day, as he totaled two sacks, two pass breakups and two quarterback hurries.

Chapple is the first Blue Knight to earn a weekly award this season. He also became the second Blue Knight to earn the MEC’s defensive weekly honor since the MEC’s inception in 2013. Teammate D’Gary Wallace is a two-time honoree.

UU (1-1) returns to UU Stadium on Saturday for a noon matchup with No. 21 Concord (1-1).

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