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Hines, Lynch Honored by SBC

September 22, 2003 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Quarterback Andrico Hines and safety Brandon Lynch were honored today by the Sun Belt Conference for their efforts in last week's game against No. 23 Missouri. Hines was tabbed the Offensive Player of the Week and Lynch came away with Defensive Player of the Week honors.

Hines, out of Riverdale, GA, torched the No. 4 scoring defense in the country by completing 19 of 31 passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns. The senior, who guided the offense to a season-high 40 points and 483 total yards, also scored on a four-yard touchdown run in overtime. This is the second time Hines has won the award during his career.

The signal-caller, who ranks 49th nationally in passing efficiency, enters the open week 66-for-105 (62.9 percent) through the air for 684 yards, while adding 77 rushing yards. Hines' top statistic, however, is in the turnover department. Hines has thrown 118 straight passes without an interception, which dates back to last season.

"It's a great honor for Andrico and reflects the progress of our team," head coach Andy McCollum said. "I thought on Saturday he stood toe-to-toe with their Heisman candidate (Brad Smith) and really made good decisions all day."

Lynch, from Hephzibah, GA, turned in another strong effort at Missouri. The team's leading tackler recorded 11 total stops against the Tigers to equal his career-best, and on numerous occasions made big tackles to help get the defense off the field.

Lynch, who also had a touchdown saving tackle in the second quarter at Missouri, has 37 tackles on the season to go with an interception and a fumble recovery.

"Brandon is very deserving," McCollum added. "When you look up football player in the dictionary, Brandon's picture has to be there. He just loves the game and seems to always make plays."

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