CHARLOTTE, N.C. Coastal Carolina's football program was honored with three Big South Conference weekly awards, the league office announced Oct. 17, following the Chanticleers' thrilling 34-31 overtime win in the Big South opener against Gardner-Webb this past weekend. Linebacker Jamar Leath (Elon, N.C./ Western Alamance) was named the New Balance Big South Defensive Player of the Week, while placekicker Josh Hoke (Statesville, N.C./West Iredell) was selected as Special Teams Player of the Week. Defensive back Whittmin Reese (Durham, N.C./Southern Durham) was named as the league's Freshman of the Week.
Leath, a junior from Elon, N.C., earns his third weekly defensive honor after recording a career-best tying 15 tackles in Coastals win over Gardner-Webb. He posted six solo stops, a half-tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry and forced a fumble on GWUs first possession of the second half, leading to a Coastal touchdown two plays later.
Hoke, a junior from Statesville, N.C., captures his fourth weekly award after helping Coastal comeback and defeat Gardner-Webb 34-31 in overtime. He tallied 10 points, was 4-of-4 on extra points and kicked a game-tying 45-yard field goal as time expired to tie the ballgame at 31-31. In overtime, Hoke nailed a 25-yarder to win the game. He also tallied three touchbacks on five kickoffs, running his season touchback mark to 17-of-28 (62.7 percent).
Reese, a freshman cornerback from Durham, N.C., posted a career-high eight tackles in just his second career start. He had five solo hits and three assisted tackles, including a half-tackle for loss, and notched a pass breakup in Coastals overtime winning effort.
The Chanticleers return to the field Sat., Oct. 22, traveling to Lynchburg, Va. for a Big South Conference matchup with Liberty. The game will kick off at LU's Williams Stadium at 7 p.m.