MARSHFIELD, Mass. – After posting gaudy numbers in Saturday's Maple Sap Bucket Game, Castleton University's Chris Rice was named Eastern Collegiate Football Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Rice had a monster week against unbeaten Norwich, racking up four tackles for a loss and three sacks in addition to a forced fumble, fumble recovery and a defensive touchdown. Rice's three sacks set a program record for most in a single game and moves him into second place all-time for Castleton with 12 career sacks. He totaled six tackles on the day, none bigger than his sack on 2nd-and-8 that forced a fumble. He picked it up and cruised 32 yards to the end zone for his second career defensive score.
This is the second consecutive week that the Spartans have claimed Defensive Player of the Week honors after Ethan Palazzetti earned the title on September 23.
Castleton returns to action October 12 against Gallaudet. Kick-off is slated for noon at Dave Wolk Stadium on Homecoming and Family Weekend.