Oct. 10, 2011
CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Western Carolina University's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) today announced football's George Richardson and soccer's Samantha Hodge as the Male and Female SAAC Players of the Month for September. Also, women's basketball player Janae' McKinney was named SAAC Spotlight Athlete for September.
Each month a player in season will be chosen that has had the best statistics and biggest impact on the team. SAAC Player of the Month is presented to the male and female Student-Athlete is voted on by the SAAC members.
Richardson, a redshirt sophomore, was chosen as the Male SAAC Athlete of the Month, for September, after a solid performance against Furman on October 1. He amassed 183 yards on just four kickoff returns against the Paladins, including a 99-yard kick-off return for a touchdown. He was named Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and National Special Teams Player of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.
Hodge, who is also the SAAC Vice-President, was named Female SAAC Athlete of the month after a phenomenal month on the field. She had two game-winning goals in the month of September and two of her assists were involved in game-winning goals. She scored a career-high two goals against The Citadel on September 23, one to tie the game and one to win it, and also scored her fourth goal of the season against College of Charleston. Hodge currently ranks first on the team in points (13) and is tied for first in goals with four.
SAAC Spotlight Athlete of the Month is presented to the male or female Student-Athlete that has excelled in athletics, academics, leadership, and service in their community for the previous month. It is awarded to the athlete that does more than what they are asked on a daily bases and do all they can to improve the image of their team and catamount athletics. It is meant to bring recognition to an athlete for their off the field accomplishments more than their on the field accomplishments. An Athlete can be either in or out of season.
McKinney was awarded SAAC Spotlight Athlete of the Month and is recognized because of her tremendous leadering on the women's basketball team. She is also very active on campus as president of her sorority, Delta Sigma Theta. She volunteers her time in the community and sets an incredible example of what a student-athlete should be.