Byrd and Brinson receive conference honors

Kaitlin Sells

Both junior linebacker Rashad Byrd and senior cornerback Monquavion Brinson received Sun Belt honors after their performance at Minnesota.

The Eagles fell in a close loss to the Golden Gophers, almost stealing the upset after there were two defensive scores, by both Byrd and Brinson.

One of the defensive captain’s earned defensive player of the week by not only logging a team-high of 11 tackles against Minnesota, but also picking up a sack, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery which he returned for 44 yards for a touchdown. That touchdown put the Eagles in the lead with just under four minutes left in the fourth quarter.

Brinson received Special Teams Player of the Week presumably because of his 77-yard touchdown return on a blocked field goal by redshirt-sophomore linebacker Reynard Ellis. This was Brinson’s first collegiate touchdown. 

This is both Brinson and Byrd’s second player of the week honors this season.

Kaitlin Sells, The George-Anne Managing Sports Editor, [email protected]