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October 22, 2012

Football team gathering honors

Follow KentStateReport.com on Twitter | Givler | Birmingham

Another week has passed, and more accolades have come rolling in for Kent State football players fresh off their 41-24 win at home against Western Michigan.

Trayion Durham, the Golden Flashes 6-foot, 260 pound bowling ball of a running back, earned MAC Player of the Week honors for the second time in three weeks following his 124 yard and one touchdown performance against the Broncos. His second quarter touchdown, a 19-yard rumble, came on a key fourth-and-one play and put the Golden Flashes ahead early. Durham also had a key 33-yard run in the fourth quarter that set up the Dri Archer for the go-ahead score in the final quarter.

Durham was not the only player to be honored by the MAC, or nationally for the game this past week. Senior kicker Freddy Cortez, who was 2-2 on field goal attempts against WMU (one from 46 and one from 43 yards out), was named the MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week . Cortez also finished his week now tied for first place on Kent's all-time scoring list with 246 career points, an honor he shares with Joshua Cribbs.

Cortez , who has now win five different MAC conference awards, addressed the thrill of being identified with Cribbs in the KSU record books Monday afternoon, and gave a nod to a current teammate who could threaten the mark soon. The Kent State kicker is now the team's all-time leader in field goals and points.

"It means a lot, it's an honor to be up there, especially with him being who he is," Cortez said of the Cleveland Browns special teams extraordinaire, who played quarterback for the Golden Flashes. "It was not one of my goals coming in to school, hopefully I can keep moving up so Dri Archer doesn't catch up to me."

Senior linebacker Luke Batton, a key cog in the KSU defense, was named co-National Linebacker Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards after another huge week that included 14 tackles and a game-deciding 83-yard fumble return for a score in the fourth quarter. Batton had a part in three of Kent State's six forced turnovers, including a second fumble recovery as well as a pass deflection that resulted in an interception for Dana Brown. In the past two games, Batton has 30 total tackles, and was 6th in the conference with 71stops heading into the past weekend; and he leads the conference in five recovered fumbles.

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