Kawaun Jakes, Casey Tinius honored by SBC

25 10 2010

Per Sun Belt release:

Offensive Player of the Week

Kawaun Jakes (WKU, So., QB)
Sophomore quarterback Kawaun Jakes put together one of his best career games, helping the Hilltoppers to their first win in 26 contests.  Jakes completed 18 of 22 pass for a season-high 262 yards and one touchdown.  He also picked up 28 rushing yards and scored two rushing TDs.  Jakes’ 262 passing yards and 290 yards of total offense were the most for him since his first career start when he passed for 276 yards and posted 320 offensive yards at Navy.  Jakes led the Hilltoppers to scores on nine straight offense possessions as WKU scored its most points since early in the 2007 season.  He also averaged 14.6 yards per completion.

Defensive Player of the Week

Adrian Hills (Arkansas State., Jr., DB)
Arkansas State junior defensive back Adrian Hills recorded a career-high two interceptions, including one returned for a touchdown, over the final 10 minutes of the Red Wolves’ 37-16 fourth-quarter comeback victory against Florida Atlantic.  With the score tied 16-16, Hills gave ASU its first lead since the opening quarter and increased the Red Wolves’ momentum when he took his first interception 37 yards for a score with 9:23 left in the game.  Two series later for FAU, Hills recorded his second interception at the Owl’s 40-yard line and returned it to the 34 to set up ASU’s last touchdown that gave it a 21-point cushion with just over seven minutes left in the game.  Hills added a tackle in the game and was part of ASU’s defense that limited FAU to 319 total yards, the second fewest allowed by the Red Wolves’ this season.  Hill joins teammate M.D. Jennings as the only two players in the Sun Belt Conference to record multiple interceptions in a game this season, and he is one of seven players in the league to return a pick for a touchdown.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Casey Tinius (WKU, Jr., PK)
WKU place kicker Casey Tinius accounted for 12 points in the Hilltoppers’ victory over Louisiana-Lafayette, including hitting a pair of field goals.  His 47-yard kick as time expired in the first half equaled a career long.  He also made a 47-yard field goal last season at Florida Atlantic.  It was also Tinius’ first made field goal over 40 yards this season.

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