Joey Harmon honored by CAA football for defense

IndependentPhilly.com

Villanova again placed a player into the CAA's weekly awards list, with sophomore linebacker Joey Harmon taking home the Defensive Player of the Week.

After knocking off another ranked opponent this weekend, one of the leaders of Villanova's defensive effort was honored with a CAA Football weekly award. Sophomore linebacker Joey Harmon was in on all three of Villanova's sacks in the game — including two safeties — being credited with 2.5 sacks in the game. He also lead the way with 6 tackles against the JMU Dukes.

Mark Hamilton should get some of the credit for those two safeties, after he and the special teams unit were able to pin the Dukes back near their own goal line twice in the contest. The defense then took advantage of the situation, and the defensive line created an opportunity for Harmon to get into the backfield for a hit.

The full list of CAA weekly honors follows:

Offensive Player of the Week: Rickey Stevens, Junior, RB, Maine
Stevens sparked Maine's explosive offensive attack with his eight-yard first-quarter score on Saturday. The junior would go on to rack up 179 rushing yards on 21 carries to help the Black Bears best Georgia State in their home-finale.

Defensive Player of the Week: Joey Harmon, Sophomore, LB, Villanova
Harmon turned in six tackles and 2.5 sacks for a loss of seven yards to send the Wildcats past James Madison for their second win over a ranked opponent this season. Two of the sophomore's sacks were secured in the end zone for a pair of safeties to help keep Villanova very much a part of the playoff picture heading into next week's regular-season finale.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Antonio Vaughan, Sophomore, PR, Old Dominion
Vaughan picked up 75 yards on three punt returns, including a 70-yard touchdown run in Old Dominion's 41-31 win over William and Mary. The sophomore's score marked the longest punt return in program history and the Monarchs' first-ever returned for a touchdown. He also finished with three receptions for 29 yards and a touchdown as ODU moved to 9-1 on the season and 6-1 in CAA play.

Rookie of the Week: Nigel Jones, Freshman, RB, Maine

Jones offered a nice complement to Stevens' offensive output with a pair of touchdowns of his own on Saturday, rushing 13 times for 76 yards and a score to go with a 76-yard touchdown on a catch-and-run play as Maine rolled to its second win in three games.

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