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Cayman Russell earns TSWA award

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CU's Cayman Russell

Lineman blocked two PATs in CU win
LEBANON -- Cumberland University's Cayman Russell was named the Tennessee Sportswriters Association Defensive Player of the Week Tuesday after blocking a pair of extra points in a 47-46 victory at Union College, including the potential tying point-after with 2:04 remaining in the contest.

The Hendersonville native chased ballcarriers all game, finishing with seven total tackles in the victory, the fourth straight win for the Bulldogs.

The junior defensive lineman knifed through and blocked a PAT just before the half and then did it again in almost the same exact fashion late in the contest, knocking both balls down with his lefthand while engaged with a blocker.

The two blocks were the first of Russell's career, with the final one helping secure the victory for Cumberland, which drove the ensuing possession inside the Union 20-yard line before kneeling three times to end the game.

Russell has 42 tackles this season, tied for fourth on the club, along with six tackles for loss and one sack. He also has two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and two quarterback hurries.

Cumberland, ranked 11th nationally, heads to No. 7 Faulkner University this Saturday at 1:30 p.m. in the final contest of a four-game road swing. The Bulldogs return home October 25 to face Campbellsville University for Homecoming at Nokes-Lasater Field

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