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Former 'Cane comes up big

November 10, 2003

Spartanburg, SC-- The Southern Conference today named its football players of the week for games played on Saturday, November 8.

Placekicker Sean Holland of Georgia Southern was named the Offensive Player of the Week, Appalachian State linebacker Sam Smalls was the Defensive Player of the Week and Wofford running back Kevious Johnson was named the Freshman of the Week.

Holland, a 5-11, 189-pound junior from Franklin, TN (Montgomery Bell HS) tied a Georgia Southern record by kicking five field goals in a 29-24 win over 18th-ranked Furman on Saturday. Holland broke open a 17-17 deadlock just before halftime to give the Eagles a 20-17 lead at intermission.

He also kicked three field goals in the second half that were instrumental in the Eagles' victory. With two PATs, Holland scored 17 points on the day, the third-most points scored by kicking in Southern Conference history.

Smalls, a 5-10, 230-pound senior from Winston-Salem, NC (Mount Tabor) registered a game-high 11 tackles including a interception and a pass breakup in Appalachian State's 34-12 win over Elon Saturday. Smalls had three solo tackles and eight assists and his 40-yard return of an interception led directly to a Mountaineer touchdown that gave ASU a 28-12 halftime lead.

Johnson, a 5-9, 180-pound freshman halfback from Fitzgerald, GA. rushed for 101 yards on 12 carries and scored twice in helping Wofford clinch the Southern Conference championship with a 28-14 win over East Tennessee State. Johnson scored on runs of four and 10 yards and also had a career-long 44-yard carry that set up a third quarter touchdown. He averaged 8.4 yards per carry in the game.

Posted at 11:59am by kevin.mcdermond@walb.com