Wakefield becomes Conference-USA Player of the Week

Peter Holland Jr./ Contributing Writer

After having a ferocious game last Saturday during their victory against the Charlotte 49ers, starting defensive end, Michael Wakefield, has earned Conference-USA Player of the Week days after putting up big time defensive numbers.

The senior had a career high seven tackles, four sacks and five tackles for loss. Adding with a 48-31 victory, Wakefield tied a school record for most sacks and tackle for loss in a game.  Also, his fourth sacks tied fifth of all-time in Conference USA history. He also has one pass deflection and contributed on the pick six by starting safety, Nikko Gonzalez, when the Georgia native pressured Charlotte’s quarterback.

Despite an aggressive game, he may have been overly aggressive when he was penalized and ejected for targeting Charlotte’s quarterback. According to NCAA, if a player is penalized for targeting and gets ejected, they receive a half game suspension. It’s confirmed that the Panthers will accept the penalty and Wakefield will sit out for the first half of their next game against Marshall University on Nov. 14th.

Wakefield now leads the conference in sacks with 7.5  and number 26 nationally in sacks and tackle for loss. He has 38 total tackles (22 solo) and four forced fumbles, which is number one in C-USA and nationally, number 6.

Wakefield is currently number three of all time at the University for tackles for loss (34.5), tackles for loss yardage (148 yards),  sacks (17.5) and sack yardage (105). He is also the all-time leader in forced fumbles.

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