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Appalachian State’s Virgil Named Sun Belt Special Teams Player Of The Week
Jalen Virgil had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the contest against Georgia Southern.
photo by Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State’s Virgil Named Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week

The Sun Belt announced its football honors for Week 15 of the season on Monday, which included App’s Jalen Virgil as the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Virgil, a senior wide receiver had a 100-yard kickoff return gave App State its first lead of the game at 24-20 in the fourth quarter and helped lift the Mountaineers to a 34-26 road win at Georgia Southern. Virgil’s first career touchdown return was the third 100-yard return in school history (Darrynton Evans in 2018 and Keith Nash in 1968). After fielding the kickoff over his head, Virgil sprinted left and weaved his way through a couple of defenders, untouched, before using his sprinter’s speed to streak down the left sideline to the end zone. Virgil finished the game with 171 all-purpose yards and two total touchdowns (one receiving).

Freshman quarterback Grayson McCall of Coastal Carolina was the Offensive Player of the Week and junior linebacker Carlton Martial of Troy was named the defensive Player of the Week.