CCU’s George, Mastromatteo get Big South weekly honors

Coastal Carolina safety Philip George and kick return specialist Niccolo Mastromatteo were honored by the Big South Conference for their play in Saturday’s 45-38 victory over Charleston Southern.

been selected as Defensive Player of the Week for games played the 11th week of the regular-season.  Coastal Carolina kick return specialist Niccolo Mastromatteo (Ortonville, Mich.) is the Special Teams Player of the Week

George was named the league’s Defensive Player of the Week for making a career-high seven tackles, an interception, a quarterback sack and a forced fumble against the Bucs.

George recorded a sack-fumble that CCU recovered and returned to set up one score.  With less than a minute remaining and Coastal clinging to its seven-point lead, George picked off a pass at the Chants’ 1-yard line and returned it 16 yards to seal the win over the Buccaneers.

Meanwhile, Mastromatteo was named the Special Teams Player of the Week for returning two kickoffs for 64 yards and two punts for 14 yards. He also became the Big South’s career leader for punt returns during the game.

Photo courtesy of CCU Athletics

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