UPDATED: Evans Receives SBC Honors.... (2018-09-03 16:03:25)

Special Teams Player of the Week

Darrynton Evans, Appalachian State (So., RB, Oak Hill, Fla.)

After missing all of 2017 due to injury, Evans made his dynamic presence felt immediately with a first-quarter kickoff return of 100 yards to answer No. 10 Penn State’s initial touchdown drive and tie the score at 7-7. - It was the second 100-yard kickoff in program history. Keith Nash had a 100-yard return against Lenoir-Ryne in 1968. - It was App. State’s first kickoff return for a TD since Evans himself had a 94-yard return in the 2016 Camellia Bowl. It marked two touchdowns in a span of three returns for Evans, as he had a 14-yard return after his 94-yard return in the bowl game. - Evans piled up a game-high 149 all-purpose yards (9 rushing, 10 receiving, 130 kick return).

Offensive Player of the Week

Justice Hansen, Arkansas State (Sr., QB, Edmond, Okla.)
Senior quarterback Justice Hansen completed a school-record six touchdown passes and recorded 454 yards total offense to help lead Arkansas State to 48-21 victory over Southeast Missouri State. Not only did Hansen’s six passing touchdowns break the A-State record, they also tied the second most in Sun Belt Conference history and tied the most this season by any player in the nation. Hansen’s total offense output tied the third most ever by an Arkansas State player and was the fourth most in the country this year as he led the Red Wolves to 685 yards total offense as a team, which ranked as the third most in school history. He completed 26-of-36 passing attempts for 423 yards that now stand as the fifth most in the A-State record books. All of his six passing touchdowns went to a different wide receiver and four of them covered at least 26 yards. Hansen is now responsible for five of the top seven single-game school records for passing yards.

Defensive Player of the Week

Tomarcio Reese, Georgia Southern (Sr., LB, Moultrie, Ga.)
Tomarcio Reese led the Georgia Southern defense with 10 tackles and recorded his first interception in a 37-6 win over South Carolina State on Saturday at Paulson Stadium. The defense allowed just 151 yards of total offense and shut out the Bulldogs in the first half.


Evans Named Special Teams Player of the Week

BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State sophomore Darrynton Evans, who returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown at Penn State, was named the Sun Belt Conference's Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
The return helped tie the game after the ninth-ranked Nittany Lions scored a touchdown on their opening drive, and App State took a fourth-quarter lead before falling 45-38 in overtime. Able to show off his 4.37 speed in the 40-yard dash, Evans finished the game with 149 all-purpose thanks to his three returns for 130 yards, two catches for 10 yards and three rushes for 9 yards.
The touchdown was App State's first on a kickoff return since Evans scored from 94 yards out in the 2016 Camellia Bowl victory. Evans redshirted because of a leg injury in 2017, so he's had a kickoff return for a touchdown in each of his last two games as an active player.
He's one of only two underclassmen at the FBS level with at least two career kickoff returns for scores.
App State's last kickoff return of 95 yards or longer had occurred when Tony Washington scored on a 99-yard return against Wofford in 2012. Evans' 100-yard return is only the second one of that maximum length in program history, as Keith Nash had a 100-yard return against Lenoir-Rhyne in 1968.

Photo Courtesy: Darrynton Evans, App State Sports