Joppy, Harkum named NJAC Players of the Week

Joppy, Harkum named NJAC Players of the Week

PITMAN, N.J. – Coming off a 63-7 win against William Paterson University in the team's New Jersey Athletic Conference opener on Saturday, two Salisbury University football players earned weekly awards from the NJAC.

Senior Blake Joppy was named the league's Special Teams Player of the Week, while defensive back Xavier Harkum picked up the league's Defensive Rookie of the Week honor.

Joppy was key in the return game for the Sea Gulls, bringing the opening kickoff of the game 59 yards to set up Salisbury at the William Paterson 30-yard line, allowing Salisbury to score three plays later. After another Salisbury score, the Sea Gull defense made quick work to get off the field and Joppy struck again – this time on a punt return. Joppy fielded a low, line drive punt on one hop, broke a few tackles up the right side, before cutting across the field to his left. He was brought down at the 1-yard line after a 67-yard return and the Sea Gulls scored a play later for a 21-0 lead just six minutes into the game.

Joppy returned three punts on the day for a 36-yard average and is currently the league's leader in both punt return and kickoff return average.

Harkum recorded three tackles in the win, as the Salisbury defense held William Paterson to a mere 131 yards of total offense, but the freshman came up with his first career interception, picking off a pass and returning it 19 yards to set up a Salisbury touchdown in the third quarter.

The Sea Gulls hit the road this week, traveling to Kean University for their first road game of the 2017 NJAC slate. That game on September, 16 will begin at 1 p.m.

To see the NJAC release in its entirety, click here.

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