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Evan Staley wins Big 12 honors, player of the week awards announced

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — After defeating Kansas 29-24 Saturday, several Mountaineers were recognized for their parts in the victory including Evan Staley as Big 12 Special Teams Player of the week.

Staley, who is a junior, finished the game with three field goals and had six kickoffs for an average of 62.8 yards and four touchbacks.

On Tuesday, Head Coach Neal Brown recognized the coaches Players of the Week.

Offensive Player of the Week went to Kennedy McCoy who was the team’s leading rusher and receiver on Saturday.

“He had a great drive he was instrumental in at the end of the half where I think five of those touches went to him,” Brown said. “Played very well without the ball — pass protection blocking. He’s played well two weeks in a row.”

Kennedy McCoy, 6, celebrates with Ali Jennings after a touchdown against N.C. State at Milan Puskar Stadium. (BGS photo by Kelsie LeRose)

Defensive Player of the Week went to Darius Stills.

“He played his best game I’ve seen him play,” Brown said. “He had a tackle for loss, two pressures, a quarterback hit (and) he graded out at 94 percent. Did a lot of really good things in the game. Really challenged him last week to be consistent and now he has put back to back games together.”

Special Teams Player of the Week went to Josh Chandler, who Brown said has started on the kickoff and punt team.

“(He is) very, very good in protection on punt, and on kickoff he had a big tackle on one that we missed placed the kick and had some guys out of our lane and he kind of had the saving tackle there,” Brown said.

Offensive Lineman of the Week went to Chase Behrndt.

“He played every snap; second week playing at a high level, he played very well against N.C. State as well,” Brown said. “He was very good at the point of attack in the run game and he was very productive in Coach Moore’s grading system.”

Pictured is the WVU offensive line against JMU including Chase Behrndt, 76. (BGS photo by Shanna Rose)

Juice Award of the Week went to Jake Abbott who Brown said, “stole the show with his air guitar.” The Community Service Award of the Week went to George Campbell, who Brown said is a “quality addition to our program for a lot of different reasons.”

Scout Offense Player of the Week went to Lorenzo Dorr.

“We put a lot of him to give us a look last week for those running backs. Kansas has those two great running backs we talked about them at length. He did a good job I think at preparing our defense,” Brown said.

Scout Defense Player of the Week went to Alonzo Addae, who is sitting out the year, and scout special teams player of the week went to Drew Joseph, a freshman who is redshirting.

(Cover photo by BGS’ Kelsie LeRose)

Shanna Rose
WVU Graduate with a bachelor's in journalism and multimedia journalist. Sports Fan and sports writer. Former WVU News reporter. Contact Shanna on Twitter @SMR1837
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