November 13, 2012

Darian Stone selected as National Player of the Week....twice


COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech sophomore quarterback Darian Stone has been named the National FCS Offensive Player of the Week by two different organizations, reflecting his success in the 45-44 Golden Eagle overtime victory last Saturday over No. 23 UT Martin.

Stone was honored by The Sports Network and by College Sports Journal.

The Sports Network chose Stone as the Offensive Player of the Week, and also named Liberty linebacker Nick Sigmon as Defensive Player of the week, North Carolina A&T defensive back D'Vonte Graham and Florida A&M place-kicker Chase Varnadore as co-Special Teams Players, and San Diego running back Dallas Kessman as Newcomer of the Week.

College Sports Journal/GameWornUniforms.com national picked Stone along with Georgia Southern quarterback Jerick McKinnon and Wagner runningback Dominique Williams as it's Offensive Players of the Week.

In only the third start of his career, Stone helped Tennessee Tech claim a thrilling 45-44 overtime victory versus rival UT Martin in Ohio Valley Conference action. He completed 16-of-29 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns and carried the ball 25 times for 190 yards. His 467 yards of offense were the second-most in school history and he tied the program record for rushing yards by a quarterback. With his team trailing 31-17 in the fourth quarter, Stone engineered three scoring drives, including his final touchdown throw - a 79-yard bomb to Ryan Tilghman - with 1:10 left to give Tech a 38-31 lead. The Golden Eagles totaled 575 yards, the highest output during coach Watson Brown's six seasons with the program. In three games as a starter, Stone has averaged 132 rushing yards per contest.

Stone and the Golden Eagles wrap up the 2012 season Saturday with an 11 a.m. contest at Austin Peay.