Maryville College's Elijah Chenier earned Tennessee Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors after his performance in a 48-6 win over Greensboro College.
The 2016 USA South First-Team All-Conference selection led the Scots rushing attack, as he rolled up 151 yards on just 15 carries. He joined Elijah Hairston who earned USA South Rookie of the Week honors behind his 14-carry, 95-yard afternoon.
"It's a big confidence booster for myself," Chenier said. "I didn't start off like I wanted to, but I'm starting to get in rhythm with my O-line, and I feel like the other running backs are pushing me. Their stats, it's just crazy. For me to have that, it's an awesome feeling, and I'm just glad to receive it."
Chenier was a key part to Maryville's 437-yard afternoon across the ground, as he was one of a trio of backs to cross the 80-yard mark. The Scots rolled up 617 total yards of offense in the lopsided victory.
Maryville averaged 6.9 yards per carry on Saturday, following it's stout offensive line.
"It was a marathon," Head Coach Shaun Hayes said. "I know they were exhausted because we handed the ball off a lot. That's who we've said that we are. That's our identity, and I think that it's awesome to see that group stuck together. We played a lot of people. They played more physical and aggressive that they have all year. I expect to see more of it as we go."
Chenier agreed with his head coach, saying the leadership of senior captain Jesse Benavides-Munoz has helped the line progress.
"They had an awesome game," Chenier said. "I know they've been working really hard these last couple weeks. Jesse Munoz leading them and making them do what they have to do to get the holes that we can. For them to have a big game like that, I expect nothing less from them. I just hope we keep it going."
The junior back followed that talented offensive line on Saturday, as he averaged an incredible 10.1 yards per carry. He also added his sixth rushing score of the season – the 18th of his career.
"That's an awesome number," Chenier said of the average per carry. "That's what I expect from myself. For me to have a game like that, I want to continue to do that. The running backs, it's a competition between all of us, you know. To see the stats that they do, and for me to do something like that, man, it's an awesome feeling. I just want to keep competing with them and make each other better through that."
In the 48-6 win over Greensboro, this Baytown, Texas native had six runs of more than 10 yards. He broke free for a 28-yard touchdown run, while adding a pair of 18-yard dashes. He also had jaunts of 17, 13 and 12 in the USA South matchup.
On the season, Chenier has recorded a team-leading 401 yards on 80 carries – both of those marks ranking first on the squad. He averages 5.0 yards per carry, while tallying six touchdowns on the season. Saturday's 28-yarder was his longest run of 2017.
The Scots will have a bye week on Oct. 7, before they travel to Huntingdon College in a battle of the 2016 Co-Champions. Kickoff for the game in Montgomery, Ala. is set for 1 p.m. CST, 2 p.m. EST.