Cortez, Goode and Nix Earn Weekly Awards
CLEVELAND - Kent State sophomore placekicker Freddy Cortez (Fort Meade, Fla.) and sophomore receiver Tyshon Goode (Syracuse, N.Y.) were named Mid-American Conference East Division Special Teams and Offensive Players of the Week Monday. Goode and freshman defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix (Reynoldsburg, Ohio) were given honorable mention as Performers of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
Goode turned in his best performance of the season, hauling in a career-high 12 catches for a season-best 158 yards and two touchdowns. His 38-yard grab in the first quarter set the Flashes up with first-and-goal at the two and led to the go-ahead TD two plays later. He then went on to catch a three-yard fade in the end zone and a 28-yard scoring strike in the second quarter as Kent State extended its advantage to 27-6 at halftime. The performance also extended his consecutive games with a catch streak to 15.
Cortez was responsible for 12 of Kent State’s 30 points in Saturday’s victory at Bowling Green. He tied his career-high with three field goals (29, 32, 30), while banging in all three extra points. His only miss of the day came on a 51-yard attempt that was just wide left. Cortez also had a pair of kickoffs to the end zone, including one touchback. He has now been named MAC Special Teams Player of the Week three times in his career, including twice this season.
Nix continued his standout play on the defensive line, notching five tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks against Bowling Green. He also added a pair of hurries and a blocked extra point as part of a defensive effort that limited the Falcons to minus-10 yards rushing and no offensive touchdowns in a 30-6 victory. Nix leads the MAC in sacks, tackles for loss and forced fumbles. Last week, he was named to Phil Steele’s Mid-Season All-American Fourth Team. One week earlier, he earned MAC East Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The Golden Flashes (3-4, 2-2 MAC) will play four of their final five games at home beginning Saturday (Oct. 30) against Ball State on Joshua Cribbs Day.