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November 12, 2012

Golden Eagles Stone, Edwards get national nods from CFPA


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech linebacker Marcus Edwards and quarterback Darian Stone have each received honorable mention from the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) for their roles in Tech's overtime win Saturday against UT Martin.

Edwards had nine tackles and two crucial quarterback sacks, and also forced a fumble, as the Golden Eagles stunned No. 23 UT Martin, 45-44, in overtime. Edwards was listed on the CFPA preseason Watch List of linebackers, was a preseason all-OVC selection and a preseason All-America by College Sporting News.

Stone accounted for 467 yards of total offense, the second-most in school history, and tied a schoo record for most rushing yards by a quarterback when he piled up 190 yards on 27 carries. Stone led Tech on scoring drives of 80, 80 and 79 yards to account for 21 unanswered points after UT Martin had taken a 31-17 lead in the third quarter.

The awards are the latest in a list of honors received this year by Golden Eagle players, but the first weekly honor for each. On Sunday, Stone was named the OVC Offensive Player of the Week and kicker Zach Sharp the OVC Special Teams Player of the Week.

Here is a listing of indivual honors and awards so for this season for the Golden Eagles:

June 4 -  Marcus Edwards, CFPA Preseason Watch List for Linebackers
June 14 - Tre Lamb, CFPA Preseason Watch List for Quarterbacks
July 8 - Caleb Mitchell, CFPA Preseason Watch List for Punt Returners
July 23 - Will Johnson, Preseason all-OVC
July 30 - Marcus Edwards, Preseason all-OVC
July 30 - Austin Tallant, Preseason all-OVC
July 30 - Marcus Edwards, College Sporting News preseason All-America
August 26 - Da’Rick Rogers, CFPA Preseason Watch List for Receivers
Sept. 2 - Da’Rick Rogers, OVC co-Newcomer of the Week
Sept. 2 - Tre Lamb, CFPA National Quarterback Performer of the Week
Sept. 23 - Da’Rick Rogers, OVC Newcomer of the Week
Sept. 24 - Da’Rick Rogers, FCS National Receiver of the Week, College FB Performance Awards
Sept. 25 - Da’Rick Rogers, FCS National Receiver of the Week, Beyond College Sports
Sept. 30 - Ladarius Vanlier, OVC Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct. 1 - Ladarius Vanlier, CFPA National FCS Kick Returner of the Week
Oct. 1 - Ladarius Vanlier, Beyond Sports National FCS Kick Returner of the Week
Oct. 1 - Ladarius Vanlier, The Sports Network National Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct. 8 - Chad Zinchini, CFPA National Punter of the Week, honorable mention
Oct. 8 - Caleb Mitchell, CFPA National Defensive Back of the Week, honorable mention
Oct. 24 - Ladarius Vanlier named to CFPA Freshman Performance National Watch List
Oct. 30 - Chad Zinchini, CFPA National Punter of the Week
Nov. 11 - Darian Stone, OVC Offensive Player of the Week
Nov. 11 - Zach Sharp, OVC Special Teams Player of the Week

Tech wraps up the 2012 season Saturday with an 11 a.m. game at Austin Peay.