Mike Brown (left) and Matt Bevins (right) have been named this week's Big South Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week.
After helping Liberty capture its fourth-straight Big South title with a 54-28 victory over Stony Brook, Saturday afternoon, Mike Brown and Matt Bevins have received a pair of honors. For the fifth time this year, Brown was named Big South Offensive Player of the Week, while Bevins has been honored for the third time this year by the league as Special Teams Player of the Week. The pair also garnered the same honors together following Liberty's 34-24 road victory over Big South foe Presbyterian College. Additionally, Brown and Bevins have taken home the same honors, but on a national scale. Brown has been named the Sports Network's national Co-Offensive Player of the Week, while Bevins was tabbed the organization's national Special Teams Player of the Week. Brown shared his Sports Network national honor with Tennessee Tech quarterback Cass Barnes, who helped his team to a 35-24 victory over No. 4 Jacksonville State with 359 total offensive yards (88 rushing and 271 passing). Brown continued to put up career numbers game after game, as the junior set a new program and Big South record with 494 total offensive yards. The game total bests the previous program record by 60 yards, as Antwan Chiles held the mark with 434 total offensive yards against Appalachian State on Nov. 5, 1994. Brown finished the day with a career-high 160 rushing yards on 30 carries, while missing his career high in passing yards by four yards. The junior completed 20-of-31 passing attempts for 334 yards, narrowly surpassing his career-best 338 passing yards against St. Francis, Pa., during the team's season opener. Following the performance, Brown now leads the country in total offense, as he finishes the season by averaging 346.4 total offensive yards per game. He also ranks No. 5 nationally by averaging 17.45 points per game. Bevins also had a career day, as the kicker finished the day with 18 points scored. He was perfect on the afternoon, knocking down 4-of-4 field goal attempts and each of his six point-after attempts. This marks the fourth time in his career that Bevins has finished a game with four field goals, including each of Liberty's home season finales (also against Elon in 2008 and VMI in 2009). Following the game, Bevins now ranks No. 1 in the country with 20 field goals made and averaging 1.82 field goals per game. The junior also ranks No. 5 nationally by averaging 9.55 points per game, after surpassing the 100-point mark for the second season in a row. The Big South also honored Coastal Carolina's entire defensive unit as Defensive Player of the Week and Chanticleers punter returner Niccolo Mastromatteo as Freshman of the Week. Coastal Carolina defeated rival Charleston Southern, 70-3, which helped the Chanticleers finish in a three-way tie for the Big South title and earn the league's first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.
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