Jones, Mendez named CIAA players of the week

April Emory
September 16, 2009

HAMPTON, VA- Two members of the Elizabeth City State University football team have been recognized with Player of the Week honors by the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Office. Rod Jones bested last week's output with another career day against Tusculum and has been named the CIAA's top Defensive Back for the second consecutive week. He led all defenders with a game and career high 15 tackles (11 solo, 4 assisted) including one for a loss of a yard, along with a forced fumble, a pass breakup and a sack for a loss of a yard. In the Vikings' near come from behind victory Daniel Mendez assisted greatly as the punter of two successful onside kicks, one of which he recovered to set up a score which also came from him, a 30-yard field goal to bring the Vikings to within 8-points with 1:01 remaining. In the game he also punted 10 times amassing 355 yards, a long of 46 yards with 3 punts landing inside the 20. He added 4 kickoffs for 257 yards an average of 64.2. ECSU will return to action on Saturday, September 20 when they travel to take on Wingate University. Game time is scheduled for 1:30pm. For more information on ECSU Athletics, visit www.ecsuvikings.com. April J. Emory Sports Information Director