by Ryan Bartels
MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Clayton Nicholas, Daniel Johnson and Chris Watts clinched the offensive, defensive and special teams Mid-South Conference Player of the Week awards, respectively, after strong performances in last week's loss to No. 3 Reinhardt the league announced this afternoon.
Nicholas, a junior quarterback from Abilene, Texas, secured the fourth weekly honor of his career and the first so far this season after throwing for 470 yards and four touchdowns against one of the nation's top teams. He was 39-for-61 in the pocket and is effort helped account for 85 percent of the team's total offense.
Nicholas' passing total marks the most by an MSC quarterback this season and is the fourth best output by an NAIA player. His fourth weekly nod moves him to second all-time behind Faulkner quarterback Josh Hollingsworth who won six.
Johnson tallied 11 total tackles against Reinhardt, which included an assist for a loss, while also scooping up two fumbles to garner the first weekly honor of his Faulkner career. The senior linebacker out of Senatobia, Mississippi, has five takeaways so far this season which includes a pick-six that gave Faulkner its first touchdown of the year in Week 1.
Watts picked up the first special teams award of his career after averaging 38.5 yards per punt in Saturday's contest. The Dover, Florida, native also converted a crucial fourth down when he recorded a 19-yard first down jaunt that ultimately paved the way to a go-ahead score for Faulkner. The sophomore ranks sixth in the league averaging 36.5 yards per boot.
The sweep brings Faulkner's weekly award total to five this season and 37 lifetime.
Faulkner resumes action on Sept. 23 against upstart St. Andrews College in Laurinburg, North Carolina, at 12:30 p.m.