Swope named SoCon Offensive Player of the Week

Junior running back Dominique Swope has been named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week for week one of the season.File photo

Will Cheney

Georgia Southern University junior running back Dominique Swope has been named Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week for week one.

Swope, coming off an All-American season in 2012, picked up where he left off in the season opener on Saturday against Savannah State University. Swope gained 100 yards with two scores on 17 carries.

The performance marked his eighth career game with multiple touchdowns and his 10th career game with at least 100 rushing yards.

This is also the second time in his career he has been named the SoCon Offensive Player of the Week.  In 2011, Swope was named SoCon Freshman of the Week three times and claimed SoCon Freshman of the Year award at the end of the season.

The last time Swope was named SoCon Offensive Player of the week was for his performance against Wofford College in 2012. In that game, Wofford,wwww which was ranked fourth in the FCS at the time, Swope rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns.

GSU redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Ellison was a finalist for SoCon Freshman of the Week for his performance against SSU on Saturday. In his first career collegiate game, Ellison ran for 78 yards and a touchdown and threw for 65 yards.

Freshman linebacker John Law of Appalachian State University ended up winning the Freshman of the Week award, in a losing effort Law recorded 12 tackles and one sack against the University of Montana.

GSU’s next matchup is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday against Saint Francis University at Allen E. Paulson Stadium. St. Francis gave up an average of 196.5 rushing yards per game against opponents in 2012.