Hawthorn Named GSC Defensive Player of the Week
2019 Dec 10
Senior defensive back Derric Hawthorn has been named Gulf South Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week, it was announced on Monday (Nov. 18).
Hawthorn (Collins, Miss.) helped lead the Choctaws to a 37-13 victory over Delta State on Saturday afternoon, bringing the Heritage Bell Trophy back to Clinton for the first time since 1993.
The Jones County JC transfer racked up 14 tackles, including 12 solo stops and 2.0 tackles for loss in the victory. He also forced, recovered and returned a fumble 97 yards for a touchdown to give MC a 37-6 lead in the third quarter.
On the season, Hawthorn led the team with 59 tackles, including 45 solo stops. He also scored three defensive touchdowns, taking two interceptions back for scores along with the fumble return.
This is the second time Hawthorn has been named GSC Defensive Player of the Week, picking up the honor on October 22nd last season after his performance against Shorter.
Hawthorn and the Choctaws became the first team since 1988 to finish the season with a perfect record at home, going 5-0 at Robinson-Hale Stadium in 2019.