McClendon, Hamby earn E8 weekly awards

McClendon, Hamby earn E8 weekly awards

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – Salisbury University earned at least a share of the Empire 8 Conference title on Saturday with a 41-21 win over St. John Fisher College, and on Monday two players were recognized for their individual efforts in the win as the league announced its players of the week.

Senior linebacker Jamey McClendon was named the E8 Defensive Player of the Week while freshman punter Kyle Hamby earned E8 Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

McClendon posted a career-high 17 tackles in the victory, as the Sea Gull defense limited the Cardinals to just seven points through the first three quarters, giving Salisbury a 28-7 lead heading to the final 15 minutes of play. McClendon also posted the game's lone sack, a bone-jarring hit with just over a minute remaining, to put the exclamation point on the win.

Hamby's punting services were needed just twice in the game, but he was able to drop both kicks inside the 20-yard line. The first was also a program record boot, matching the 26-year old mark, with a 69-yard punt. Hamby is now tied with Bill Maurer, who sent a kick 69 yards during the 1985 season. Hamby's second boot covered just 34 yards, but it was what the Gulls needed, being downed at the 14-yard line.

Salisbury has now earned six Empire 8 awards this season. Hamby's is the first special teams honor for the Gulls.

Salisbury will return to action with its season final this Saturday, hosting Frostburg State University in the 13th annual Regents Cup game, which will begin at 4 p.m., at Sea Gull Stadium.

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