Three-time NASCAR champion Tony Stewart was transported by ambulance to a hospital following a sprint car accident at Southern Iowa Speedway on Monday night.
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Big South Release
Coastal Carolina running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (Yorktown, Va.) has been named the Choice Hotels Big South Football Offensive Player of the Week, while Chanticleers’ linebacker Quinn Backus (Greenwood, S.C.) has been selected as Defensive Player of the Week for games played the eighth week of the regular-season. Coastal Carolina defensive back LaDarius Hawthorne (Ware Shoals, S.C.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week and Presbyterian College quarterback Heys McMath (Greenwood, S.C.) is The Crons Brand Freshman of the Week.
Taliaferro rushed for 151 yards and tied the Big South single-game record with four rushing touchdowns in Coastal Carolina’s 55-52 double-overtime win at Liberty. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry and finished the game with 175 all-purpose yards. Taliaferro amassed 100 rushing yards in the second half and overtime with three scores to help the Chants erase a 19-point deficit. He accounted for either a first down or touchdown on seven of his 11 touches in the second half and his seven-yard rush in the second overtime put Coastal well into field goal range.
Backus tallied 10 tackles (seven solo, two assisted) and two tackles-for-loss at Liberty. He tallied five fourth quarter stops, including a TFL, and seven total tackles in the second half. With Liberty ahead 42-30 and facing a 3rd-and-1 situation in the fourth quarter, Backus came through with a one-yard tackle-for-loss to force a punt. The Chanticleers scored on the ensuing drive to make it a five-point game.
Hawthorne blocked a field goal for the second time this season, as he came off the left edge and got a hand on Liberty’s 40-yard attempt that would have tied the game and forced a third overtime. Hawthorne’s deflection forced the kick well short and left, and preserved Coastal’s 55-52 double-overtime win over the Flames.
McMath was 21-of-33 passing for 322 yards and two touchdowns against VMI in his collegiate debut. He added a 1-yard scoring run in the third quarter and finished with 25 rushing yards en route to 347 yards of total offense. McMath’s passing yardage ranks seventh in Presbyterian’s Division I history and he helped the Blue Hose start 1-0 in Big South play for the first time.
Also nominated for Offensive Player of the Week: Desmond Rice (Liberty), Tobi Antigha (Presbyterian College), Derrick Ziglar (VMI).
Also nominated for Defensive Player of the Week: James Smith (Charleston Southern), Nick Sigmon (Liberty).
Also nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week: Truett Burns (Charleston Southern), Stephen Doar (Presbyterian College).
Also nominated for Freshman of the Week: Colton Korn (Charleston Southern), Bruce Mapp (Coastal Carolina), Wesley Scott (Liberty).