Sept. 22 – GREENVILLE, Pa. – Bethany College football junior linebacker Donavan Hayden (Hyattsville, Md./Northwestern) has been named the Presidents’ Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, announced the conference office on Monday.
Hayden was given the award for his performance in Bethany’s 21-14 overtime victory over Westminster on Saturday. The 5-11 junior posted 14 total tackles, including ten solo stops. During the game he also posted 3.5 tackles for loss and registered one forced fumble and one interception. His interception of the Titan’s Paul Columbo late in the first half was Bethany’s first INT of the season.
So far this season, Hayden ranks third on the Bison roster in both total tackles (20) as well as tackles for loss (5.5). He also currently leads the team in caused turnovers with three. He has forced three fumbles, two of which have been recovered, and also has one pick on the year.
Hayden has helped bolster a Bethany defense that currently ranks first in the conference in sacks (13) and total tackles for loss (31.0). The team also ranks fourth in the PAC in turnover margin (+2) having caused six opponent miscues on the year.
Hayden becomes the second Bison, and first male athlete, to earn a PAC Player of the Week award during the first month of the 2014-15 academic year.