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Rojas And Beasley Tabbed As Big South Players Of The Week
Liberty University linebacker Manny Rojas has been named the Big South New Balance Defensive Player of the Week, while punter Ben Beasley was named Special Teams Player of the Week as announced by the conference today.
Rojas (R-Sr., LB, Oakdale, Pa.) tied for team-high tackling honors with nine stops in Liberty's defensive battle at Towson. It was his best defensive performance of the season as he entered the game with just seven tackles in his first two outings. He finished the game with a career-high two pass break-ups and helped the Flames extend their streak of three sacks per game with a nine-yard takedown in the first quarter that eventually forced a Towson punt.
Rojas also stopped two third-down conversion attempts and was part of a defense that allowed just 10 points and a modest 317 yards on the night. Liberty currently ranks third in the nation in scoring defense (5.67 points per game), 13th in sacks per game and 17th in total defense (226.33 yards per game).
Beasley (Sr., P/K, Laurel, Miss.) had a career night punting for the Flames at Towson as he connected on a career-high nine punts for a career-high 349 yards. He averaged a personal-best 38.8 yards per punt and kept the Flames in a defensive contest with solid punting all night.
Beasley booted two 50-yards punts, including a career-long 56-yarder in the second quarter, and his final five kicks averaged 45.8 yards. He also gave Liberty its lone points of the game with a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter, while Towson started at its own 15-yard line on his two kickoffs. Beasley's nine punts tied for third-most in a game in Big South history, while his yardage was seventh-best all-time.
Taking the other two league honors for the week were Coastal Carolina's wide receiver Jerome Simpson, who was named Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week and the Chanticleers' wide out Jamar Anderson, who was named Freshman of the Week.
The Flames will continue a three-week road swing next Saturday when they travel to Savannah, Ga., to face Savannah State in a non-conference match-up. Kick-off is set for 6 p.m. at Ted Wright Stadium, marking Liberty's final night game of the year.