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Gross named SBC Offensive Player of the Week

October 17, 2005 · MT Media Relations
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. - Middle Tennessee running back Eugene Gross was honored today by the Sun Belt Conference as the league's Offensive Player of the Week. It marks the third award this season by the Blue Raiders and the first-ever for Gross.

The junior from Statesboro, Ga., led the Blue Raiders to a 35-14 victory at Florida Atlantic Saturday by rushing a career-best 30 times for 131 yards and a personal-high four touchdowns. The four scores equaled the second-most in school history for a single-game.

Gross, who becomes the first running back at Middle Tennessee to win the Offensive Player of the Week award since ReShard Lee on Oct. 1, 2001, topped the 100-yard rushing mark for the second time this season and the fifth time during his career.

Gross enters this week's Homecoming game against Louisiana-Lafayette with a team-best 398 rushing yards with a 4.0 per carry average and six touchdowns.

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