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SoCon Stars: Week One

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The top individual performers from week one in the Southern Conference.

By Christian Goeckel

Micheal Mason, Wofford: 8 Tackles, 2 Sacks, 3 TFL, 2 FF
After leading Wofford in tackles for loss as a freshman in 2019, Micheal Mason picked up right where he left off, living in Mercer’s backfield all day. Mason’s first sack of the game came on Mercer’s third play, stripping the ball and setting up the Wofford offense in plus territory, leading to the first points of the game and a 7-0 lead. His next forced fumble, also coming off a sack, would end a Mercer scoring threat deep inside Wofford territory. The preseason first team all-conference defensive lineman is going to be a force this spring, and is one of the biggest reasons why the Terriers are the favorites to win the conference.

Quay Holmes, ETSU: 19 carries, 125 yards, 2 TD
The Bucs pulled off the biggest win of the day with their 24-17 win over Samford. With stingy defenses on both sides, neither offense could find a rhythm, but the one consistent was Quay Holmes. ETSU had four three-and-outs all day, in three of them Holmes didn’t touch the ball. Down 14-0, two touchdowns from Holmes tied the game early in the third quarter. Holmes averaged 6.6 yards per carry on the day totaling 125, and added 53 yards in the return game. The Bucs are off to a dream start, and Holmes should be able to handle the load while the offense catches its stride.

Devin Wynn - Furman: 18 carries, 106 yards, 1 TD
It was a dominant start to the season for the Paladins. Quarterback Hamp Sisson was solid, hitting some big throws, but did have a couple of picks. Furman could pick how they wanted to score, racking up over 500 yards, and Devin Wynn was responsible for 106 of those on the ground. The senior (rocking #0, which I’m so happy has made its way to college football) averaged 5.9 yards per carry, and added a touchdown for Furman’s final score of the day. Whether from his B-back spot in Furman’s traditional flexbone, or playing tailback in the shotgun, he consistently gashed the Catamounts up the middle. Wynn did miss a block that led to Sisson getting rocked on a sack, but the young quarterback popped right back and the Paladins scored on the drive, so no harm, no foul.