Coastal LB Shields named Big South Player of Week

ccufoot-34shields (2)Coastal Carolina linebacker Rayshaud Shields (Upper Marlboro, Md./Henry A. Wise HS) was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the Chanticleers’ 40-28 win at Presbyterian College.

Shields tallied a career-high 15 tackles – 12 being solo stops – including two for losses with a pass breakup. Shields’ feat is even more impressive considering he was making his first career start, filling in for two-time All-American Quinn Backus who was sidelined with an ankle injury. Also, the 15 stops are the most by a Chanticleer this season and ties for the fourth-best, single-game effort in school history.

Shields tallied eight of his 15 tackles in the first half as Coastal took a 13-7 lead at the break. While the Blue Hose scored on their opening drive (eight plays for 63 yards), Shields led a defense that only allowed 83 yards on PC’s next seven possessions that ended with a turnover on downs, four punts, a fumble and the end of the first half.

Shields had made just 12 tackles in seven games as a Chanticleer prior to his performance at Presbyterian.

Shields’ honor is the seventh bestowed upon a Chanticleer by the Big South this season, joining Backus (two-time honoree), De’Angelo Henderson (two-time honoree), Alex Ross and Devin Brown.

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