Week Seven Sun Belt Conference Football Players of the Week – As selected by the Sun Belt media panel
Offensive Player of the Week
Benny Cunningham (Middle Tennessee, Sr., RB)
For the second time in three games, Benny Cunningham reached the 200-yard plateau. The senior tailback from Nashville set new career-bests with 230 yards on 36 carries as MT (4-2, 2-1 SBC) improved to their best start since 2001. He added two touchdowns and
grabbed four catches for 52 yards for a total of 285 all-purpose yards. Cunningham is the first Blue Raider to top 200 yards twice in a season since MT standout Dwone Hicks in 2001. In his last two road games, Cunningham has a total of 449 rushing yards.
Defensive Player of the Week
Nathan Herrold (Arkansas State, Sr., LB)
Senior linebacker Nathan Herrold recorded a career-high 17 tackles and posted his first career interception during A-State’s 36-29 victory over South Alabama. Herrold’s 17 tackles were the most by a Sun Belt Conference player and tied for 13th most by a player
in the nation this season. They were also the most tackles by an ASU player since Tyrell Johsnon posted a Sun Belt Conference record 25 in 2005 against North Texas. Herrold recorded double-figure tackles for the third time this season and sixth time of his
career and now has a Sun Belt-leading 69 stops on the year. Additionally, Herrold has now recorded at least a partial tackle for loss in six consecutive games. His interception stopped a USA drive that reached the A-State 22-yard line late in the second quarter
to preserve a 14-13 lead for ASU at halftime. Herrold stepped in front of Ross Metheny’s pass at the ASU 19-yard line and returned it 38 yards to the South Alabama 43.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Michel Chapuseaux (South Alabama, Sr., K)
Chapuseaux tied a career high with three field goals, posting a season-best 11 points in the Jaguars’ game Saturday at Arkansas State. His 26-yard field goal midway through the first quarter gave USA a 10-0 lead, and he hit again from 39 yards out to draw the
Jags within one point at the half. Chapuseaux tacked on a 42-yard field goal in the third quarter, and he was 2-of-2 on extra-point attempts as well.