Alec Finney made the most of an amazing opportunity on Saturday night in Easton, PA. The freshman nailed the game-winning 42-yard field goal against Lafayette as time expired, but he never gets that chance if not for the defensive effort of Sacred Heart cornerback Stephan Thomas.
The junior defensive back forced three turnovers and added a touchdown-saving tackle during a goal line stand in the 26-24 road win. Those credentials were enough to impress the staff over at The Sports Network as the national newswire service tabbed Thomas its Division I FCS National Co-Defensive Player of the Week.
Thomas was a game-changer under the lights at Lafayette, locking up Preseason All-Patriot League receiver Mark Ross and making four drive-ending plays in SHU’s own territory.
He is part of a secondary that SHU head coach Mark Nofri has seen as a team strength since before the season started. In Week 1, Thomas’ teammate, strong safety Gordon Hill was the defensive star as he logged 3.0 tackles for loss, three pass break-ups and a forced fumble during a 37-21 win at Marist.
Thomas shared this week’s national defensive honor with UT Martin linebacker Tony Bell, who made 5.0 TFL and forced two fumbles against FBS member Boise State.
Read the official news release from The Sports Network: SDSU’s Zenner highlights FCS players of the week