CONWAY, S.C. - Coastal Carolina's junior wide receiver Jerome Simpson (Reidsville, N.C./Reidsville) was named Big South Conference Football Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week, while wide receiver Jamar Anderson (Wellford, S.C./Byrnes) earned Freshman of the Week honors, the league announced today. This is the second consecutive week a CCU player has earned a Big South award, as senior quarterback Tyler Thigpen was Co-Offensive Player of the Week last week.
Simpson posted one of the best games in Big South history at No. 17 Georgia Southern. He recorded eight catches for a school-record 207 yards and two touchdowns (30 and 58 yards). His 207-yard game is only the second 200-yard receiving game in League history (three shy of the record), while his two touchdowns move his career total to 21, tying him with William Andrews, Jr. (Gardner-Webb) for the Big South career touchdown receptions lead. During a second-quarter drive, Simpson caught a pair of passes, the first for 50 yards and the second for 30 to complete the two-play, 80-yard touchdown drive in 0:36. Seven of his eight catches were at least 10 yards (14, 10, 23, 50, 30, 14, 58) while six went for first downs.
Anderson was Coastals second-leading receiver Saturday at Georgia Southern. He had four catches for 52, a season best for the freshman. In just his second game of collegiate action, Anderson had two catches that gave the Chanticleers first downs, and he hauled in three passes and 47 yards during one drive, including a personal-best 33-yard reception. His four catches were the third-most by a CCU receiver this year.
The Chanticleers (1-2) return home Saturday, Sept. 23 to host in-state rival South Carolina State. Kickoff at Brooks Stadium is set for 12:30 p.m. and the game will be telecast on South Carolina E-TV.