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Week Nine SoCon Primer

By Robbie Ross
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Looking ahead to week nine in the SoCon.

Samford quarterback Devlin Hodges was named the STATS FCS National Offensive Player of the Week after yet another record setting day. Hodges completed 40 passes for 402 yards in the Bulldogs 38-25 win over Furman becoming the SOCON’s all time leading passer with 13,377 yards and the FCS career leader in completions with 1,198.

Furman kicker Grayson Atkins was named STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the Paladins loss to Samford. Atkins tied an NCAA Division 1 record by kicking three field goals of 50 yards or more in the same game. 

Wofford regained first place in the SOCON with their 30-17 win over East Tennessee State last week. The Terriers now host another first place battle as the Mercer Bears visit Spartanburg this week. Wofford and Mercer both control their own destiny in the race to win the SOCON Title and automatic bid to the NCAA FCS Playoffs.  Mercer will host ETSU on Macon on November 3rd. 

VMI has not been able to get over the hump thusfar in 2018. The Keydets (0-7) have lost 4 of their 7 games by a combined 17 points, 3 of those games by a field goal or less. Sophomore quarterback Reece Udinski is second in the SOCON in passing averaging 321.9 yards per game with 16 touchdowns. VMI travels to Max Finley Stadium this week to take on Chattanooga. 

Week 8 Results
(RV) Samford 38 Furman 25
The Citadel 34 VMI 32
(9) Wofford 30 (25) East Tennessee State 17
(RV) Mercer 59 Western Carolina 46

Week 9 Schedule
(RV) Mercer at (9) Wofford, 1:30, Spartanburg, SC, ESPN3/CW62
Furman at The Citadel, 2:00, Charleston, SC, ESPN+
VMI at (RV) Chattanooga, 3:00, Chattanooga, TN, ESPN+
Western Carolina at (25) East Tennessee State, 3:30, Johnson City, TN, ESPN+

Robbie Ross - Robbie Ross is Southern Pigskin's lead SoCon writer. A 19-year veteran of the Furman Radio Network, Ross also spent time with the Georgia State Radio Network prior to his ventures with Southern Pigskin. He is a voter in the STATS FCS Top 25 Poll.