ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Salisbury University senior linebacker Matt Banta has been named the Empire 8 Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, the organization announced on Tuesday.
Banta helped the No. 24 Sea Gulls to a 17-0 win over Hartwick College on Saturday afternoon, which was their second defensive shutout this season. The Columbia, Md., native led the defense with nine tackles, five solo, and 2.5 for loss.
Banta also posted 1.5 sacks and one recovered fumble on the day.
After playing seven games this season, he has recorded 34 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, and one fumble recovery.
Salisbury (5-2, 4-0 Empire 8) travels to Alfred, N.Y., to take on Alfred University on Saturday at noon.