Coen & Jennings Collect CAA Football Player Of Week Honors

Liam Coen connected with Victor Cruz for two of his TD passes.

Liam Coen connected with Victor Cruz for two of his TD passes.

Nov. 3, 2008

AMHERST, Mass. - Senior quarterback Liam Coen has been named the CAA Offensive Player of the Week and junio linebacker Josh Jennings has been named the league's Defensive Player of the Week. It is Coen's second honor this season and Jennings' third honor. Coen was also named the recipient of the New England Football Writer's Gold Helmet Award.

Here is the release from the CAA

CAA Football announced its Player of the Week honorees, Monday, Nov. 3. Five individuals earned honors after helping each of their squads to wins on the field Saturday, including James Madison's Scotty McGee, Maine's Pushaun Brown, Massachusetts' Liam Coen and Josh Jennings and New Hampshire's Dino Vasso.

CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week - Liam Coen, QB, Massachusetts Coen, the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, led Massachusetts to a shutout win on the road over Rhode Island, 49-0. The Newport, R.I., native recorded the second-most accurate passing day in Massachusetts history, completing 15-of-17 passes for 241 yards and three touchdowns. Coen connected with Victor Cruz for two of his TD-passes, including completions of four and 35 yards while his third touchdown pass came thanks to a two-yard catch by fullback Chris Zardas. The senior's three touchdown passes mark the 12th time in his career he has passed for at least three TD's in a game.

CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week - Josh Jennings, LB, Massachusetts Jennings grabbed a share of the CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after leading Massachusetts to a 49-0 shutout on the road at Rhode Island. The linebacker hauled in two interceptions on the day, including one on the second Rhode Island offensive play of the game. Massachusetts went on to turn the forced turnover into a touchdown just 1:44 later, making 7-0 in the first quarter. Jennings, who also had five tackles and a half tackle-for-loss in the game, picked off another pass with 5:20 left in the first half and returned it 41 yards for his first-career touchdown. The Minutemen limited a Ram offense to just 19 yards on the ground and shutout an offense which came into the game averaging more than 25 points per game.



CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week - Dino Vasso, DB, New Hampshire Vasso also earned CAA Football Defensive Player of the Week honors after logging an impressive effort in New Hampshire's 45-25 win over Hofstra. Vasso led the Wildcats on the day with 12 total tackles, including one for a loss of seven yards and forced a fumble. The sophomore hauled in two of New Hampshire's five interceptions on the day, and returned his fourth-quarter pick 66 yards for a touchdown, making the score 45-17. The Wildcats' defense forced seven Pride turnovers on the day, including interceptions by Vasso (2, 1 TD), John Clements (1, 1 TD), Hugo Souza (1) and Ryan Hinds (1).

CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week - Scotty McGee, PR, James Madison McGee, the CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week, added to his special teams touchdown list in the Dukes' 41-7 win over Delaware. The Virginia Beach, Va., native returned a total of three punts on the day for 67 yards, including one for 64 yards and touchdown. The punt return for a touchdown was his third of the season, equalling the CAA Football all-time single-season mark set by Rhode Island's Cy Butler in 1995. The junior now has four total returns for touchdowns this season (three punt returns, one kick return), and six TD returns in his career (three punt returns, three kick returns) which marks a Madison career record.

CAA Football Rookie of the Week - Pushaun Brown, RB, Maine Brown earned CAA Football Rookie of the Week honors after helping Maine to a 55-7 non-conference win at home over Iona. Brown's 136 rushing yards on just 16 carries (8.5 yards/carry), helped a Maine offense garner 375 rushing yards and 516 total yards on the day. The North Brunswick, N.J., native also scored from three yards out early in the game, marking the first touchdown of his career.


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