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Jernigan nets MSC defensive award

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Jernigan nets MSC defensive award

CU's Nathan Jernigan / STEVE WAMPLER photo

Cumberland University’s Nathan Jernigan was named the Mid-South Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday after posting a pair of interceptions and nine tackles in CU’s 40-28 victory at Reinhardt University.

The Eagleville High graduate was all over the field for the Bulldogs, intercepting a pass late in the first quarter that led to a field goal.

His second INT came in the third period, stopping a Reinhardt drive as the Eagles tried to make a comeback. Jernigan was unable to hold on to a diving attempt at a third pick on Reinhardt's final drive of the game.

The redshirt freshman led the club with nine tackles and added one quarterback hurry, as Cumberland held the Eagles to just 288 yards of total offense. Reinhardt entered the game averaging 446 yards per contest.

Jernigan leads the Bulldogs this season with 63 tackles and has four interceptions along with eight tackles for loss in 10 tackles.

The son of Steve and Vicki Jernigan, he was a TSWA All-State selection and the Region 5-A Most Valuable Player at EHS as a senior.

Cumberland finishes the regular season this Saturday at at Alderson Broaddus College, a first-year NCAA Division II program in Philippi, W.Va.

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