SOMERSET, N.J. – Sacred Heart football won a pair of Northeast Conference weekly awards following the Pioneers' 30-10 home win over Bucknell on Saturday night. Sophomore RB Julius Chestnut was announced as the NEC's Offensive Player of the Week while first-year WR Tyrese Chambers earned Rookie of the Week honors, as announced by the league on Monday afternoon.
Chestnut, the 2018 NEC Rookie of the Year and four-time Rookie of the Week award winner last season, earns his first career Offensive Player of the Week distinction following his monster all-around performance in the win. Chambers, who saw limited action in the season opener at Maine, took on a leading role on Saturday with four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown.
Carrying the load on the ground, Chestnut rushed a career-best 21 times for 162 yards (7.7 yards per carry) and three total TDs (one rushing, two receiving). Coming into this game with just three career receptions, Chestnut caught three passes for 25 yards, two of which went for touchdowns. Chestnut broke the defensive struggle open midway through the second quarter with a career-long 86-yard touchdown that made it 10-3 SHU. He was the lone NEC player to rush for over 100 yards on Saturday while his three total TDs tied for the lead among all non-QBs in the NEC. His 162 yards on the ground are just two short of his single-game career-high of 164 established in a 49-26 home win over Bryant last season. Chestnut's 187 total yards from scrimmage on Saturday represented a career-best and are the most by an NEC player in a game thus far in the season. For his efforts, Chestnut was also named an FCS National Offensive Player of the Week Honorable Mention.
�� Official #NECFB Offensive Player of the Week ��— NEC Football (@NECFootball) September 9, 2019
�� Julius Chestnut, @SHUBigRed
��️ The sophomore RB ran for 162 yards and one TD on 21 attempts in a 30-10 home win over Bucknell. In addition to his 7.7 yards per carry, Chestnut made three receptions for 25 yards and 2 TD. pic.twitter.com/PH2Ht32DST
Chambers made big plays all over the field on Saturday, finishing with four catches for 94 yards and a touchdown in a 30-10 home win over Bucknell. The first-year receiver posted catches of 24, 28 and 37 yards, a pair of which were highlight-reel worthy receptions, as the big-play threat burst open the Bucknell defense and led to a 300+ yard game for QB Logan Marchi. After seeing little time in the season opener at Maine, Chambers was thrust into the Pioneers' three-WR sets and came away with a near 100-yard effort as well as his first career TD.
�� Official #NECFB Rookie of the Week ��— NEC Football (@NECFootball) September 9, 2019
�� Tyrese Chambers, @SHUBigRed
��️ The freshman WR accounted for a trio of explosive plays (20+ yard gains), highlighted by a 28-yard second-quarter TD reception, during a triumphant home opener against Patriot League member Bucknell. pic.twitter.com/JnFof2i3hz
The Pioneers (1-1) are back in action with a trip to Fisher Stadium on Saturday, Sept. 14 as SHU is set to take on Lafayette at 12:30 PM. SHU is 4-1 all-time against the Leopards and have won four straight in the all-time series.