Case Western Reserve University freshman quarterback Drew Saxton was named both the Presidents' Athletic Conference and the University Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Week for Football, while junior safety Patrick Crossey was selected as the UAA Defensive Athlete of the Week, and freshman kicker Robertson Albrecht was chosen as the PAC Special Team Player of the Week.
The honors come after the Spartans' 41-17 win at home over Waynesburg University that saw the team improve to 8-1 overall and to 7-1 in the Presidents' Athletic Conference. This was the second PAC Athlete of the Week award this season for Saxton, and his fourth UAA Athlete of the Week honor. Crossey secured UAA Athlete of the Week honors for the third time this season and the fourth time over his career, while Albrecht secured the PAC honor for the second-straight week and second time overall.
Saxton completed 27-of-37 passes (73.0%) for 327 yards with just one interception, and threw touchdown passes to five different receivers in the game. In the third quarter alone, he hit nine of his 10 pass attempts for 139 yards and two touchdowns, including a 51-yard scoring strike to senior wide receiver Luke DiFrancesco. He now has 33 touchdowns on the season, tying him with former Spartan Eli Grant (2002) for the second most in program history, and is now one shy of Dan Whalen's single-season record of 34 (set in 2009). In addition, his 2,702 passing yards this year mark the fourth-most in a single season in program history.
Crossey notched eight tackles (three solo) and forced a fumble in the win. The team co-captain helped the Spartans hold the Yellow Jackets to 281 yards of total offense, including just 76 rushing yards. His forced fumble came at the end of the first half, giving CWRU a shot to add onto a 17-10 lead heading into halftime. For the season, Crossey has 66 tackles (26 solo) with two interceptions and four pass breakups.
Albrecht accounted for 11 points and made all seven of his kicks on Saturday afternoon. Albrecht went two-for-two on field goal tries, and successfully made each of his five extra point attempts. He evened the score at 3-3 with a 32-yard field goal (at the time his career-long) with 5:56 to play in the first quarter, and then connected on a 37-yard field goal with 8:30 remaining in the game to extend the team's lead to 41-10 at the time. For the year, Albrecht is a perfect six-for-six on field goal tries, and has made 46-of-47 extra points.
The Spartans will wrap-up their regular season on Saturday, November 10th at home against Carnegie Mellon University with the 33rd-Annual Academic Bowl. Kickoff at DiSanto Field in Cleveland, Ohio is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The following Spartans have earned weekly awards during the 2018 season:
D3football.com Team of the Week
September 25th: Ian Henderson (Defensive Tackle)
October 16th: Colt Morgan (Wide Receiver), Cameron Brown (Defensive End)
October 30th: Cameron Brown (Defensive End)
PAC Athlete of the Week
September 17th: Drew Saxton (Offense)
October 1st: Patrick Crossey (Defense)
October 15th: Colt Morgan (Offense), Cameron Brown (Defense)
October 22nd: Cameron Brown (Defense)
October 29th: Cameron Brown (Defense), Robertson Albrecht (Special Teams)
November 5th: Drew Saxton (Offense), Robertson Albrecht (Special Teams)
UAA Athlete of the Week
September 4th: Justin Phan (Offense), Patrick Crossey (Defense)
September 17th: Drew Saxton (Offense)
September 24th: Drew Saxton (Offense)
October 1st: Justin Phan (Offense), Patrick Crossey (Defense)
October 8th: Colt Morgan (Offense)
October 15th: Colt Morgan (Offense), Cameron Brown (Defense), Chase Witte (Special Teams)
October 22nd: Drew Saxton (Offense), Cameron Brown (Defense)
October 29th: Luke DiFrancesco (Offense), Cameron Brown (Defense), Robertson Albrecht (Special Teams)
November 5th: Drew Saxton (Offense), Patrick Crossey (Defense)
PAC Rookie of the Week
September 4th: Drew Saxton
September 24th: Drew Saxton
October 1st: Drew Saxton
October 15th: Drew Saxton
October 29th: Colin Schuster