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Tanner takes two Sun Belt awards

First player in league history to win both in same week

November 24, 2008 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Phillip Tanner was honored today by the Sun Belt Conference as the Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week. It marks the first time in Sun Belt Conference history that a player has won both awards in the same week.

Tanner, who won SBC honors for the first time in his career, was recently voted the Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week following his stellar game against North Texas.

A native of Dallas, Texas, Tanner enjoyed the greatest day of any player in Sun Belt Conference history in Middle Tennessee's 52-13 win Saturday.

Tanner set the Sun Belt Conference single-game record for points and touchdowns with six scores in the win. Tanner rushed for five touchdowns and returned a kickoff 92 yards for another. His six touchdowns set the SBC single-game touchdown record and his 36 points also were a single-game conference record.

In the process, Tanner also tied the Middle Tennessee single-game touchdown and scoring records. He finished with a career-best 159 rushing yards on just 14 carries. With Middle Tennessee clinging to a 17-13 lead in the second quarter, Tanner (who had scored one TD in the first quarter) ripped off four touchdowns in the second quarter alone, and he added his sixth score on a 92-yard kickoff return to start the second half.

Tanner finished with 301 all-purpose yards, which were the third-most in school history, to lead the Blue Raiders to their third straight win and keep the team's hopes of bowl eligibility alive.

It went down as the 24th and 25th player of the week award under Rick Stockstill and the ninth this season.

The Blue Raiders will be off until facing Louisiana-Lafayette on Dec. 3 in Lafayette. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 PM and the game will be televised by ESPN Regional.

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