Gale, Whitehead Claim Weekly Honors

Special to HuntingtonNews.Net

HUNTINGTON, WV - Marshall linebacker Tyson Gale (Alva, Okla.) and punter Kase Whitehead (Maryville, Tenn.) both racked up weekly honors Monday following the Herd’s 17-13 win at Big East foe Louisville on Saturday.

 

Gale was named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Week by two outlets, one by a vote of the league’s media and the other by College Sports Madness (CollegeSportsMadness.com) after the program’s first non-conference road win and first victory over a BCS school since 2003. Whitehead was named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week for the second time this season.

 

Gale, a captain, had a team-high seven tackles on the day, including a tackle for loss, and the biggest play of the game when he stepped in front of Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater's pass to pick it off at the UL 30-yard line with 4:32 left. That turnover put the Herd offense in business deep in Cardinal territory and allowed it to cash in nearly three minutes later for the game-winning score. Gale led a defense that allowed just 60 yards rushing on 29 attempts (2.1 per carry) Saturday, including (-9) yards total offense in the first quarter. For the season, he is second on the team with 39 tackles.

 

Whitehead continued the pinpoint accuracy with his punting as he dropped four of his five punts inside the 20 in Saturday’s victory. On the season, 10 of his 30 punts have been downed inside the 20 and six more have had to be fair caught. In all, he has averaged 40.4 yards per kick. He also claimed the honor after Marshall’s 26-20 win over Southern Mississippi when he averaged 42.5 yards on eight punts and dropped five kicks inside the eight-yard line.

 

Marshall (2-3, 1-0 C-USA) will travel to Central Florida (2-2, 0-0) on Saturday for a 7 p.m. ET kickoff. UCF defeated the Herd 35-14 on Oct. 13 last season in Joan C. Edwards Stadium.

 

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