@GWUFootball Trio Collect Big South Conference Football Weekly Awards

@GWUFootball Trio Collect Big South Conference Football Weekly Awards

CHARLOTTE – Gardner-Webb quarterback Tyrell Maxwell, linebacker Chad Geter and cornerback Jaylan Foster were each honored with Big South Conference football weekly awards Monday by the league office.

Maxwell (Cordova, S.C. / Edisto HS) earned his second Big South Conference Offensive Player of the Week honor, dashing for a season-high 155 yards and a touchdown while passing for a career-high 222 yards and a score. His 377 yards of total offense were also a career-best number – and are the most for a Big South Conference player this season.

He also had a career-high 241.23 pass efficiency rating for the game, completing 7-of-12 balls to reach his passing total.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound junior was both efficient and explosive in Saturday's Big South Conference opener vs. Presbyterian, averaging an eye-popping 16.4 yards per play. He averaged 14.1 yards per carry, highlighted by an 87-yard touchdown run in the third quarter that put the game effectively out of reach.

The 87-yarder is the longest in FCS for a quarterback this season, is the longest by a quarterback in Big South Conference and Gardner-Webb history – and is the longest against a Division I opponent in league history.

Maxwell's dash is the third-longest run in Gardner-Webb's senior college history overall, falling just shy of Amos Myles' 90-yarder on November 1, 1997 vs. Tusculum and Darrell Middleton's 89-yarder against Presbyterian on November 5, 1988.

He opened the game with a 74-yard touchdown pass to speedster Kyle Horton, which was the team's longest play from scrimmage this season until Maxwell's touchdown run later in the game. With those two plays, Maxwell became the first quarterback in league history to post a touchdown pass of 70+ yards and a touchdown run of 80+ yards in the same game.

He also completed passes of 64 yards to tight end Mike Estes and 46 yards to Horton to set up scores. Maxwell also had a 29-yard run on an option keep later in the game, giving him a career-best five plays of 25 yards or more.

The game marked the fourth time in his two years as a starter that he had passed for 100+ yards and rushed for 100+ yards in the same game. It was also his fifth 100-yard rushing game – and second in two seasons vs. Presbyterian.

Maxwell is just the second quarterback in Big South Conference history to pass for 200+ yards and run for 150+ yards in the same game. He currently leads the Big South Conference in total offense (222.8 ypg), ranks second in passing (138.7 ypg) and is tied for third in rushing (84.2 ypg).

Geter (Irmo, S.C. / Dutch Fork HS) spearheaded a stout defensive effort for the Runnin' Bulldogs, finishing with a team-high 10 total tackles (five solo) and a quarterback pressure in the 24-3 win.

It marked the second week in a row that GWU had held an opponent out of the end zone, marking jus the third time in Big South Conference history that has happened.

Geter made two stops on third down that prevented the Blue Hose from converting, with each stop coming in the first half with the outcome still in question. His quarterback pressure came on 3rd-and-goal with less than a minute remaining before halftime to force a field goal.

The 6-foot-2, 253-pound graduate student lined up all over the field and finished with four of his tackles on passing plays and six on runs. The effort helped Gardner-Webb limit the Blue Hose to 234 total yards (110 rushing) and a combined 6-of-20 on third and fourth down conversions.

Geter currently leads the Big South Conference with 58 total hits through six games and has added 3.5 tackles for loss, one sack and three hurries. He has at least eight stops in five consecutive games.

Foster (Duncan, S.C. / Byrnes HS) made his second career start a memorable one, tying his career-high with seven solo stops at cornerback. He added a career-best 2.0 tackles for loss and broke up a pass for the third consecutive game.

The 6-0, 190-pound true freshman tackled Presbyterian star Darrell Bridges in the backfield twice, corralling him on a swing pass to put the Blue Hose behind the chains with his team holding a 10-0 lead. On first-and-goal just before halftime, Foster stuffed Bridges in the backfield for a yard loss to begin a stand that eventually held Presbyterian to a field goal.

Foster then batted away a pass near the end zone on fourth down to end the Blue Hose's final offensive drive of the night.

The former Shrine Bowl and All-State defensive back at Byrnes (S.C.) High led an defensive charge that limited the Blue Hose to 234 total yards (110 rushing) and a combined 6-of-20 on third and fourth down conversions.

In his last three games played, which saw him play 75 percent of the snaps at Ohio then make two consecutive starts, Foster has emerged with 22 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, five pass break ups, two interceptions and a 60-yard fumble return for a touchdown.

The third of a four-game homestand is up next for Gardner-Webb, as they welcome No. 16 Coastal Carolina (3-2) to Spangler Stadium on October 15. Kickoff is set for 1:30 pm. The game will be broadcast on The Big South Network (bigsouthsports.com), with Fabian Fuentes and Alex Guest calling the action.