Akins honored by CAA for final week

Jeremy Wang

Villanova has had numerous player receive weekly honors from the CAA football conference this season. This week, senior captain Ronnie Akins was honored.

Safety Ronnie Akins was the best defensive player in the CAA's final week of the regular season, according to the CAA Football voters. He helped the Wildcats secure a victory in the fourth quarter against Delaware, grabbing two interceptions, one of which he returned 45 yards for a touchdown.

His other interception helped set up a John Robertson rushing touchdown as well.

Villanova won the game, handing Delaware their first four-game winning streak since the 1960s, and helping to secure a playoff berth. The 'Cats return to the field on Saturday, playing at Stony Brook.

The conference will release it's yearly awards later today.

The full list of CAA honors follows:

Offensive Player of the Week: Terrance West, Sophomore, RB, Towson
West closed out the regular season as he regularly would - in style. The sophomore finished with 19 carries for a season-high 236 yards and two scores as Towson topped New Hampshire, 64-35, to snap the Wildcats' 10-game home winning streak. West's showing was the second best of his career and gives him 1,051 yards on 195 carries and 14 rushing touchdowns this year.

Defensive Player of the Week: Ronnie Akins, Senior, DB, Villanova
Akins wins the Wildcats' second-consecutive weekly defensive honor after a clutch fourth-quarter performance in Villanova's 41-10 victory in Saturday's Battle of the Blue with the Blue Hens. The senior secured a pair of key interceptions to add some insurance in the final frame, picking off the first in the end zone on a Delaware red-zone drive and returning the second for a 45-yard touchdown. Akins would also turn in four solo tackles, including one for a loss, and a pass breakup in the win.

Special Teams Player of the Week: Michael Johnson, Sophomore, KR, Delaware
Johnson had a career day in the Delaware's season-finale, tying a school record with eight kickoff returns for a team record 223 yards that included a 94-yard touchdown return. His return for a score was the first of his career and the ninth longest in Blue Hens history. Johnson also finished with four catches for 48 yards, with his 271 all-purpose yards representing the 12th most all-time in Newark.

Rookie of the Week: Nigel Jones, Freshman, RB, Maine
Jones earns his second-straight weekly honor after another big performance in the Black Bears' 55-6 six win over Rhode Island on Saturday. The freshman sensation wrapped up his rookie campaign with 15 carries for 182 yards and two touchdowns on the road against the Rams and a league-leading 7.3 yards per rush for the season.

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