|EMCC's Claude Davis named NJCAA Defensive Player of the Week|
The announcement was made Wednesday by the National Junior College Athletic Association office headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo.SCOOBA – Rewarded for his three-sack performance in East Mississippi’s division-clinching homecoming victory over Northeast Mississippi this past Saturday, EMCC sophomore defensive end Claude Davis has been selected as the NJCAA Defensive Player of the Week for games played Oct. 8-11.
A 6-foot-4, 250-pound NJCAA Preseason All-American First Team selection, Davis was credited with six total tackles and two quarterback knockdowns in the Lions’ 48-10 triumph over Northeast on Saturday. All four of his solo stops against the Tigers came behind the line of scrimmage, with a trio of quarterback sacks accounting for -29 yards and another tackle for a yard lost.
For the season, Davis ranks sixth among the MACJC statistical leaders with 7.5 quarterback sacks for a total of -78 yards, along with collecting seven additional tackles behind the line for -15 yards. The Lakeland, Fla., native has also been credited with 37 total tackles on the year, including 30 solo stops, 16 quarterback hurries and six quarterback knockdowns.
A former prep standout at Lake Gibson Senior High School in Florida, Davis now has 15 career quarterback sacks to his credit at EMCC for a collective total of -137 yards. A year ago as a freshman for the Lions, he was credited with 87 total tackles (49 solos and 38 assists), including 7.5 sacks and 15 other tackles for loss, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three recovered fumbles and two pass breakups.
As a team this past Saturday against Northeast, head coach Buddy Stephens’ EMCC defensive unit held the visiting Tigers to just 146 yards of total offense on the afternoon. Along with limiting NEMCC to just 65 net rushing yards on 34 carries as well as 8-of-19 passing for 81 yards, the Lions collectively had five quarterback sacks and eight other tackles behind the line of scrimmage to go along with a pair of pass interceptions by freshman safety Izauea Lanier of Gordo, Ala., and a returned blocked punt for a touchdown by sophomore linebacker Maurice Owens of Mount Olive.
Set to meet Itawamba Saturday afternoon in Fulton, East Mississippi is ranked seventh nationally this week in the JC Grid-Wire/JCFootball.com Top 25 and 10th in the NJCAA/JCFootball.com poll. Now 6-1 overall and 4-0 in MACJC North Division play, the Lions have secured a second straight appearance in the MACJC state football playoffs for the first time in school history. On the heels of last year’s 8-2 mark, EMCC has also nailed down a second consecutive winning football season for the first time since the 1987 and 1988 campaigns.
|Last Updated ( Wednesday, 14 October 2009 )|
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