PITMAN, N.J. - Salisbury University freshman defensive back Shane Gaines was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Defensive Rookie of the Week, following the Sea Gull football team's 31-28 Homecoming victory over No. 13 Rowan University, the league announced on Sunday. This marks the second time a Sea Gull has earned the honor this season, and it is the first weekly accolade for Gaines.
Gaines was a part of a strong defensive effort that made big plays throughout the game to keep Salisbury in control. As a unit, the secondary held the Profs to only 130 yards through the air, as Gaines finished the game tied for third on the team with seven total tackles. He also broke up two passes.
One of the pass break ups came on a diving effort on a Rowan fourth-and-7 play from the Salisbury 21-yard line. After the Gulls took the lead in the third quarter, the Profs drove down the field, but the defensive stand kept the Salisbury lead and the momentum in the Sea Gulls' favor in a 22-point third quarter.
Salisbury will continue its season on Saturday, October 17 with an NJAC matchup with William Paterson University at Sea Gull Stadium; the opening kickoff is set for 1 p.m.
To view the full NJAC release, click here.