Brion Ashley Earns GSC Player of the Week Award
By Florida Tech // September 17, 2013
Gulf South Conference Special Teams STANDOUT
BIRMINGHAM, ALABAMA – Florida Tech freshman kicker/punter Brion Ashley was selected Gulf South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance last Saturday at Newberry, announced by the GSC Office on Monday.
The Port Charlotte, Fla. native was 2-for-2 in field goals and averaged 36.2 yards on six punts, including a long of 45 yards. His two field goals were the Panthers’ first six points of the game.
He has now scored FIT’s first six points in both of its games this season.
Ashley connected on a 35-yarder and followed that up with a 24-yard field goal to cut Newberry’s lead to one with 8:37 to play in the second quarter. He also averaged 61.2 yards on five kickoffs and had one touchback. FIT lost the game 23-19 despite traveling on the road for the first-ever time.
West Alabama junior quarterback Kyle Caldwell was named the league’s offensive player of the week and North Alabama junior defensive lineman Shaquille Smith earned the defensive award. Caldwell threw for 300 yards, three touchdowns and one interception on 13-of-20 passing versus McNeese State. He also ran the ball 16 times for 15 yards. Smith had six tackles, five were solo and three were for a loss, and one sack against Jacksonville State.
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TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR WEST ALABAMA GAME THURSDAY NIGHT
The Panthers host defending Gulf South Conference Champion and 16th-ranked West Alabama on CBS Sports Network this Thursday at 8 p.m. ET at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium.
The game will be the conference opener for both institutions.
Nearly 750 single-game general admission tickets are available for Thursday’s nationally televised game. Tickets are just $10 for adults and $5 for FIT faculty and staff with school ID, seniors ages 65 and above, children ages 5-16 and active duty military with ID. Children under five years of age are free.
Tickets can be purchased online at FloridaTechSports.com, by dialing 321-674-6228 and at the Clemente Center Ticket Office Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and Wednesday from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. this week.