BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Fordham captured three of the four Patriot League GEICO weekly football awards when the League office announced honors. Bucknell received one weekly honor after clinching a spot in the Patriot League Championship Game.
Fordham senior running back Trey Sneed recorded 155 yards of total offense and two touchdowns to collect Patriot League Football GEICO Offensive Player of the Week. Sophomore defensive back Stephen Williams II intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble to earn defensive player of the week honors. Junior placekicker/punter Nic Leinenweber was named special teams player of the week after connecting on all five extra-point attempts and making his lone field goal try in the Rams’ 40-8 win over Colgate.
Bucknell freshman defensive lineman Mike Bright Jr. captured Patriot League Football GEICO Rookie of the Week after registering 2.0 sacks to help clinch the South Division title and a spot in the Patriot League Championship Game.
Bucknell junior wide receiver Dominic Lyles, senior placekicker Ethan Torres and senior linebacker Gerrit Van Itallie, along with Lehigh senior linebacker Pete Haffner and freshman defensive back LaTreil Wimberly all received honorable mentions for their performances on Saturday.
The Patriot League football players of the week are selected in a vote by League media members and each school’s sports information directors, who are not eligible to vote for their student-athletes.
2020-21 Patriot League Spring Football Standings
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! Clinched a berth in the Patriot League Championship Game
Week Five Games
Saturday, April 10
Lehigh at Lafayette (ESPN+), 12:30 p.m.
Fordham at Bucknell (ESPN+), 1 p.m.
Holy Cross at Colgate (ESPN+), 5 p.m.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Trey Sneed, Fordham, Sr., RB, Orange Park, Fla./Fleming Island
*Sneed rushed for 93 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns to lead Fordham to a 40-8 victory over Colgate.
*The Orange Park, Fla. native also caught five passes for 62 yards, giving him 155 all-purpose yards.
*He scored on two- and three-yard touchdown runs in the fourth quarter.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Stephen Williams II, Fordham, So., DB, Jacksonville, Fla./Trinity Christian Academy
*Williams intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble that he returned 25 yards in Fordham’s 40-8 win over Colgate.
*The sophomore defensive back’s first interception and fumble return both led the Rams’ touchdowns.
*He also made two tackles for a Fordham defense that forced seven Raiders’ turnovers.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Nic Leinenweber, Fordham, Jr., PK/P, Neptune Beach, Fla./Episcopal School
*Leinenweber connected on a 35-yard field goal and went 5-for-5 on extra points in the Rams’ 40-8 win over Colgate.
*He averaged 37.8 yards on five punts, landing two inside the Raiders’ 20-yard line.
*The Neptune Beach, Fla. native kicked off seven times for 398 yards (56.9 yards/kick), with only three returned.
PATRIOT LEAGUE FOOTBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Mike Bright Jr., Bucknell, Fr., DL, Woodland Park, N.J./Hotchkiss School (Conn.)
*Bright made a game-high 2.0 sacks and was part of a Bucknell defense that limited Lehigh to 190 yards of total offense in a 6-0 shutout win to clinch a spot in the Patriot League Championship Game.
*His second sack came during Lehigh’s final drive of the game to help the Bison seal the victory.
*Bright and the Bison defense held the Mountain Hawks to 23 rushing yards.
Dominic Lyles, Bucknell, Jr., WR, Washington, D.C./DeMatha
*Lyles matched a single-game program record with 14 receptions while accounting for 103 yards of Bucknell’s 147 receiving yards in a 6-0 victory over Lehigh.
Ethan Torres, Bucknell, Sr., PK, Great Falls, Va./Bishop O’Connell
*Torres accounted for all six of Bucknell’s points in a 6-0 victory over Lehigh to clinch the South Division title and a spot in the Patriot League Championship Game.
Gerrit Van Itallie, Bucknell, Sr., LB, Mahwah, N.J./St. Joseph’s Regional
*Van Itallie made a team-high seven tackles and 1.0 sack to help the Bison defense hold Lehigh to 190 yards of total offense in a 6-0 shutout victory.
Pete Haffner, Lehigh, Sr., LB, State College, Pa./State College
* Haffner made a game-high 11 tackles to help the Mountain Hawks’ defense limit Bucknell’s offense to 239 yards and a pair of field goals in a 6-0 loss.
LaTreil Wimberly, Lehigh, Fr., DB, Glenarden, Md./C.H. Flowers
* Wimberly finished with four tackles and two pass breakups while holding Bucknell’s Brandon Sanders to three catches for 24 yards. Part of a Mountain Hawks’ defense that limited the Bison to 147 passing yards.
Offensive Player of the Week
3.15 – Cole Northrup, Lafayette, Sr., QB
3.22 – No games
3.29 – Brandon Sanders, Bucknell, Jr., WR
4.5 – Trey Sneed, Fordham, Sr., RB
Defensive Player of the Week
3.15 – Jordan Jackson, Holy Cross, Sr., DL
3.22 – No games
3.29 – Jacob Dobbs, Holy Cross, So., LB
4.5 – Stephen Williams II, Fordham, So., DB
Special Teams Player of the Week
3.15 – Derek Ng, Holy Cross, Jr., PK
3.22 – No games
3.29 – Terrence Spence, Holy Cross, Fr., CB
4.5 – Nic Leinenweber, Fordham, Jr., PK/P
Rookie of the Week
3.15 – Marcus Joseph, Lafayette, Fr., DL
3.22 – No games
3.29 – Matthew Sluka, Holy Cross, Fr., QB
4.5 – Mike Bright Jr., Bucknell, Fr., DL
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