JOHNSON CITY, TN- After setting career highs in passing yards, touchdowns and completions in Saturday’s win over Western Carolina, ETSU sophomore quarterback Austin Herink (Cleveland, Tenn.) was named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, as the league office announced its weekly awards on Monday.
Herink – who completed 24 of his 37 passes for 269 yards and three touchdowns – helped guide the Buccaneers back from an 18-point second quarter deficit to secure a 34-31 victory over Western Carolina in front of an ETSU single-game record crowd of 13,863 at Bristol Motor Speedway. Herink also recorded 30 rushing yards on 11 attempts in the comeback win.
The Buccaneer quarterback completed 10 of his final 12 passes, while leading ETSU to scoring drives on its final five series of the game. Herink also completed passes to 10 different Buccaneer receivers on Saturday.
Herink ranks 16th among FCS players in completion percentage (66.7), 22nd in completions per game (21), and 23rd in passing efficiency (146.8) and passing yards per game (241.5).
This marks the second straight game the Bucs have earned a SoCon Player of the Week honor as sophomore kicker JJ Jerman (Seymour, Tenn.) picked up the Special Teams accolade following the double-overtime win at Kennesaw State on Sept. 3.
ETSU looks to keep its perfect record intact on Saturday afternoon when the Bucs head to Spartanburg, S.C., to take on Wofford. Kickoff is set for 1:34 p.m., at Gibbs Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN3.
Courtesy: East Tennessee State Athletics