Ramsey, Clemons Given SoCon Weekly Football Honors
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. – The Southern Conference announced its SoCon Football Players of the Week presented by GEICO on Monday, for games Oct. 12. VMI running back Alex Ramsey was named the Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate Grant Clemons repeated as the Special Teams Player of the Week. Citadel linebacker Marquise Blount was named the Defensive Player of the Week. The players of the week are selected by the league office. VMI now has four Southern Conference weekly honors accounted for this season to go with its four wins on the season, which is the most since 2008.



VMI running back Alex Ramsey matched a SoCon record with six rushing touchdowns in a 48-41, overtime win over Samford. The redshirt junior from Salem, Virginia, ran for 163 yards on a career-high 37 carries, scoring four of his TDs in the first half, which ties for the second-most in a half in league history. Ramsey, who added a 1-yard TD run in the fourth quarter before taking the first snap of overtime 25 yards for the eventual winning score, set school records for points scored (36), touchdowns scored, touchdowns responsible for and rushing touchdowns. With 15 rushing TDs on the season, Ramsey is two shy of the school record set in 1995.

Other nominees: Brandon Rainey (The Citadel), Chris Oladokun (Samford) and Tyrie Adams (Western Carolina).


DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marquise Blount, The Citadel, So., LB, Charlotte, N.C.

Citadel linebacker Marquise Blount had nine tackles including two for loss in the Bulldogs’ 35-17 win over Western Carolina. The sophomore from Charlotte, North Carolina, notched 1.5 sacks for 9 yards as part of The Citadel’s six sacks on the Catamounts’ final drive. Blount was part of a defensive unit that held Western Carolina below its seasonal averages for scoring, rushing offense and total offense, and to just seven points in the second half.

Other nominees: John Staton (Samford), Elliott Brewster (VMI) and Ty Harris (Western Carolina).



SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Grant Clemons, VMI, Sr., K, Daleville, Va.

VMI kicker Grant Clemons earned special teams honors for a second straight week after scoring 12 points in the Keydets’ 48-41 overtime win over Samford. Clemons was 6-for-6 on point-after attempts on the day and 2-for-2 on field-goal tries, with his career-best 56-yard make at the end of regulation forcing overtime. The senior from Daleville, Virginia, also converted from 33 yards on the day. His 56-yard field goal is one of the longest in league history, trailing only the SoCon record of 57 yards, achieved seven times. Clemons, whose previous career best was a 46-yarder the week prior, also handled kickoff duties for VMI.

Other nominees: Jacob Godek (The Citadel), Mitchell Fineran (Samford) and Julian Pletz (Western Carolina).


2019 SoCon Football Players of the Week presented by GEICO


Sept. 2       Chris Oladokun, Jr., QB, Samford

Sept. 9       Darren Grainger, R-Fr., QB, Furman

Sept. 16      Chris Oladokun, Jr., QB, Samford

Sept. 23      Chris Oladokun, Jr., QB, Samford

Sept. 30      Liam Welch, Jr., QB, Samford

Oct. 7         Devin Wynn, Jr., TB, Furman

Oct. 14       Alex Ramsey, R-Jr., RB, VMI



Sept. 2       Marshall Cooper, Sr., LB, Chattanooga

Sept. 9       Kaleb Tucker, Sr., DB, VMI

Sept. 16      Braden Gilby, R-Fr., LB, Furman

Sept. 23      Jireh Wilson, Sr., LB, Wofford

Sept. 30      Artevius Smith, R-Sr., DB, ETSU

Oct. 7         Ty Boeck, So., LB, Chattanooga

Oct. 14       Marquise Blount, So., LB, The Citadel


Special teams

Sept. 2         Grayson Atkins, Jr., K, Furman

Sept. 9         Sean-Thomas Faulkner, R-So., DB, The Citadel

Sept. 16       Jacob Godek, Sr., K, The Citadel

Sept. 23       Grayson Atkins, Jr., K, Furman

Sept. 30       Mitchell Fineran, So., PK, Samford

Oct. 7           Grant Clemons, Sr., K, VMI

Oct. 14         Grant Clemons, Sr., K, VMI