August 31, 2009

Smith Named PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week

Lock Haven, Pa. - Anthony Smith of Bloomsburg recorded 11 tackles and was a big reason why Bloomsburg held Ashland's prolific offense well under their averages from last year in the Huskies' 10-7 win. For his efforts, he is the first PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week of 2009.Dontay Wilson of Kutztown set a career-high for rushing yards and scored 12 of Kutztown's 17 points to help lead the Golden Bears to a close 17-13 win over St. Anselm and for his efforts, is the first PSAC East Offensive Player of the Week of 2009.

Edinboro's Trevor Harris is the PSAC West Offensive Player of the Week in Week 1 for the second straight year. Harris, who also was named Offensive Player of the Week after his performance against West Liberty State in last year's opener, threw for his second-highest career total and had his best game of total offense of his career in Edinboro's 42-30 victory over the Hilltoppers. IUP's Abe Satterfield is this week's PSAC West Defensive Player of the Week after he stood out from a group of several PSAC West defensive players that had great games in Week 1, as he helped the Crimson Hawks to a 28-21 win on the road at Southern Connecticut State.

PSAC East Defensive Player of the Week

Anthony Smith, Bloomsburg

LB, Sr., Pottstown, Pa./Pottstown

Smith keyed Bloomsburg defensive effort against Ashland as his efforts helped the Huskies hold the Eagles to just 261 yards of total offense and 4-of-15 on third downs and 0-for-6 on fourth downs in Bloom’s 10-7 win. Playing against an offense that averaged over 400 yards per game and nearly 35 points per game last year and returned its quarterback and two 1,000-yard receivers, Smith made 11 tackles, including five solo stops, and registered a half sack for a loss of two yards. He was involved in several key plays in the game, including making an assisted stop on a 3rd-and-1 play in the second quarter to force an Ashland punt, and later in the quarter assisted on tackles on back-to-back plays as Bloomsburg stopped Ashland on the one-yardline on three straight plays to keep them out of the end zone.