We caught up with two of our alumni, Todd Macon ’13 with Liberty University and Rayshawn Jenkins ’12 with the University of Miami, as they make their presence known this football season.
Todd Macon ‘13
Junior running back Todd Macon ‘13 was named the Big South offensive player of the week on Monday after his impressive performance against Jacksonville over the weekend.
Macon rushed for a career-high 128 yards and a touchdown and added three receptions for 49 yards to finish with 177 all-purpose yards on the evening. Macon averaged 8.0 yards per carry and was responsible for six first downs (five rushing). He gained 44 of Liberty’s 81 yards on the team’s opening touchdown drive, and later rushed for a 49-yard touchdown to put Liberty ahead 48-7.
Liberty (1-1) travels to Dallas, Texas, on Saturday, September 17th to take on the Mustangs of SMU in the first-ever matchup between the two programs. Kickoff from Gerald J. Ford Stadium is set for 7 p.m. (EST). The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.
Rayshawn Jenkins ‘12
Senior safety Rayshawn Jenkins ‘12 played a key role in helping No. 25 Miami beat Florida Atlantic 38-10 Saturday night at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, Florida. Jenkins had an interception, five tackles (three solo), a tackle for loss, and half a sack.
Jenkins, who has 10 tackles (seven solo) this year, has been instrumental in helping the No. 25 Hurricanes begin the season ranked first nationally in team tackles for loss (28 total) and rushing defense. Miami has given up just 34.5 rushing yards in the first two games against Florida A&M and FAU.
Miami (2-0) goes on the road this Saturday, September 17th to face Appalachian State in Boone, North Carolina, in the first meeting between the two schools. According to Appalachian State’s website, Saturday’s game, which will be broadcast starting at noon on ESPN, sold out in under an hour and is being billed as “the biggest sporting event in school history.”
Appalachian State, most known for its 2007 win over Michigan in Ann Arbor, almost pulled off another shocker to start the 2016 campaign, losing in overtime to then-No. 9 Tennessee (now No. 15) on the road. The Mountaineers, who went 11-2 in Sun Belt play last season, rebounded with a 31-7 win over Old Dominion and are now 1-1 on the year.
To watch Jenkins’ post-game conference after the win over FAU, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fuPtjgAb6Hs