Kent State's Luke Batton named MAC Player of the Week

Kent State's Luke Batton named MAC Player of the Week
Kent State's Luke Batton named MAC Player of the Week

Cleveland (WOIO) - Kent State linebacker Luke Batton was named Mid-Amercian Conference East Division Player of the Week for his performance against Rutgers on Saturday.

The senior linebacker led the Golden Flashes with 13 tackles and had a sack in Kent State's 35-23 win over Rutgers.  Batton also tipped a pass that lead to an interception.

Here are the other MAC Players of the Week for week 9.

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Miami WR Nick Harwell

Junior wide receiver Nick Harwell (Missouri City, Texas) contributed to Miami's 23-20 victory against 23rd-ranked Ohio by catching eight passes for 138 yards, a 54-yard touchdown pass from Zac Dysert. It marked the 13th time in his career that he has caught a pass of 40 yards or more. It was Harwell's 14th career game of 100 yards or more receiving, leaving him one short of the school record held by Martin Nance.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Miami K Kaleb Patterson

Freshman kicker Kaleb Patterson (Duncan, S.C.) kicked three field goals, including the game-winner, a 31-yarder, with only 1:24 left in the game to beat 23rd-ranked Ohio, 23-20. The effort marked the first time in his career that he had booted three field goals (40, 32 and 31 yards). Patterson is now 11-of-13 this season and has made seven straight attempts. Miami's leading scorer this season is 4-of-5 from 30-39 yards and 5-of-5 from 40 yards or more this year.

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Central Michigan RB Zurlon Tipton

Junior running back Zurlon Tipton (Detroit, Mich.) rushed his way into the Central Michigan football records books on Saturday at Kelly/Short Stadium with career highs in yards (243), attempts (37), and touchdowns (3) to help lead the Chippewas past Akron, 35-14. Tipton's 243 yards is tied for eighth all-time on Central Michigan's single game rushing list and makes him the first Chippewa to break the 200-yard barrier on the ground since 2010. Tipton started the game fast, taking a hand off on the second play from scrimmage and racing down the sideline for a career-long 72-yard touchdown. He would go on to add scoring runs from five and six yards out.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois DE Sean Progar

Senior defensive end Sean Progar (Glenview, Ill.) had a career high three sacks, the most by any Huskie player this season, for losses totaling 19 yards, in Northern Illinois 48-34 win over Western Michigan.  Progar had seven tackles, including a season-best five solo stops, in the game.  His first two sacks contributed directly to defensive stops.  He had two sacks in the critical fourth quarter, when the Huskie defense shut down Western Michigan's offense, allowing the Huskies to take the lead.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois K Mathew Sims

Junior kicker Mathew Sims (Hannibal, Mo.) scored 12 points and kicked 49 and 54 yard field goals in a 48-34 win over Western Michigan. Sims put his name in the Huskie record books as he booted a school-record 54-yard field goal on the last play of the first half to close the Northern Illinois deficit to 21-17. Sims' kick was 10 yards longer than his previous career high.  In the fourth quarter, Sims added the second-longest field goal of his career when he made a 49-yard three to extend Northern Illinois' lead back to 21 points at 48-27 with 4:52 remaining in the game. Sims scored 12 points with six PATs in addition to the two long field goals.

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