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Dasher, Kellem honored by SBC

Blue Raiders pick up seventh honor of the season

November 9, 2009 · Athletic Communications

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee's Dwight Dasher and Jeremy Kellem were voted the Sun Belt Conference Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, by the league's media members on Monday.

Dasher picked up his second award of the season after leading the Blue Raider offensive attack with 360 total yards of offense in the win over FIU, including 178 rushing yards. The junior now has 703 overall yards on the ground this season which breaks the school record for rushing yards by a quarterback. The previous mark was 594 set by Marvin Collier in 1985.

It was also the second-straight 100-yard rushing game for the signal-caller and third of his career, one shy of the career record in school history for quarterbacks. Dasher also accounted for five touchdowns, including a career-best three on the ground. Overall, Dasher became the first player in Middle Tennessee history to throw for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 500 yards in a single season.

Kellem picked up his second career honor but his first on special teams. The junior safety blocked his second punt in as many weeks when he rejected the first FIU attempt of the second quarter to set up the second Middle Tennessee touchdown of the first quarter. The Blue Raiders needed only 44 yards on the short field for the score. The North Lauderdale, Fla., native now has four blocks in his career, tying the school record. Kellem also added an interception later in the game on defense.

The Blue Raiders have now picked up seven player of the week honors this season and 60 all-time (20 offense, 19 defense, 21 special teams). Under Rick Stockstill, the Blue Raiders have now won 32 player of the week awards.

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