Coastal Carolina’s Jones, Kelly, App State’s Virgil earn Sun Belt weekly accolades

Published 1:13 pm Monday, November 29, 2021

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After securing 10-win seasons for their respective programs, Coastal Carolina’s Shermari Jones and Silas Kelly and App State’s Jalen Virgil earn Sun Belt weekly accolades.

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Shermari Jones, Coastal Carolina
(Sr., RB – Pensacola, Fla.)

Chanticleer senior running back Shermari Jones rushed for a career-high 211 yards and a touchdown in Coastal Carolina’s 27-21 overtime win at South Alabama. Jones’ 211 rushing yards are the second-most in a single game in school history and marked his fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season. The Pensacola, Fla., native’s career-long 75-yard touchdown scamper on the first play of the fourth quarter put the Chanticleers on top for the first time. Coastal Carolina finished the regular season with 10 wins, marking just the second time in program history that the Chanticleers have posted back-to-back double-digit win seasons (2013 and 2014).

Football Defensive Player of the Week
Silas Kelly, Coastal Carolina
(Super Sr., LB – Mount Airy, Md.)

Chanticleer super senior linebacker Silas Kelly led the defensive unit that held South Alabama to -5 rushing yards in the regular-season finale. The Mount Airy, Md., product finished with 8.0 tackles and a sack—which came on the very last play of the game on fourth down in overtime. His third quarter interception, a leaping one-handed grab inside the Coastal Carolina 5-yard line, led to the Chanticleers first score of the game and was No. 3 on SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays. The two-time team captain helped Coastal Carolina to its second-straight 10-win campaign.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Jalen Virgil, App State
(Super Sr., RS – Lawrenceville, Ga.)

Mountaineer super senior return specialist and wide receiver Jalen Virgil took a kickoff return 97 yards to the house, breaking multiple tackles to give App State a two-score advantage in an eventual 27-3 victory over Georgia Southern. The return was the third career kickoff return touchdown for Virgil, tying him with former teammate Darrynton Evans for the program record. The Lawrenceville, Ga., native finished Senior Day with a game-high 136 all-purpose yards—123 kickoff return and 13 receiving.

2021 Sun Belt Football Offensive Players of the Week
Week 1 – Corey Rucker, Arkansas State
Week 2 – Reese White, Coastal Carolina
Week 3 – Montrell Johnson, Louisiana
Week 4 – Nate Noel, App State
Week 5 – Logan Wright, Georgia Southern
Week 6 – Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
Week 7 – Jake Bentley, South Alabama
Week 8 – Chandler Rogers, ULM
Week 9 – Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
Week 10 – Tyler Vitt, Texas State
Week 11 – Darren Grainger, Georgia State’
Week 12 – Grayson McCall, Coastal Carolina
Week 13 – Shermari Jones, Coastal Carolina

2021 Sun Belt Football Defensive Players of the Week
Week 1 – Zion Williams, Troy
Week 2 – Josaiah Stewart, Coastal Carolina
Week 3 – Javon Solomon, Troy
Week 4 – Ja’Cquez Williams, ULM
Week 5 – D’Marco Jackson, App State
Week 6 – Sione Tupou, Texas State
Week 7 – Carlton Martial, Troy
Week 8 – Demetrius Taylor, App State
Week 9 – Trey Cobb, App State
Week 10 – Steven Jones, App State
Week 11 – Eldrick Robinson II, Georgia Southern
Week 12 – Chauncey Manac, Louisiana
Week 13 – Silas Kelly, Coastal Carolina

2021 Sun Belt Football Special Teams Players of the Week
Week 1 – Britton Williams, Georgia Southern
Week 2 – Diego Guajardo, South Alabama
Week 3 – Calum Sutherland, ULM
Week 4 – Alan Lamar, Arkansas State
Week 5 – Chris Smith, Louisiana
Week 6 – Brooks Buce, Troy
Week 7 – Calum Sutherland, ULM
Week 8 – Chandler Staton, App State
Week 9 – Alan Lamar, Arkansas State
Week 10 – Alex Spillum, Coastal Carolina
Week 11 – Blake Grupe, Arkansas State
Week 12 – Dalen Cambre, Louisiana
Week 13 – Jalen Virgil, App State

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