University of Tennessee at Chattanooga linebacker Nakevion Leslie is the Southern Conference Freshman of the Week, the league office announced today. Leslie recorded a game-high 14 tackles in the Mocs 20-10 win over No. 15 Wofford on Saturday.
With three of the Mocs top-5 linebackers out or limited with injuries, Leslie stepped into the starting strong linebacker position. His 14 tackles were 10 more than his previous high for a game and more than doubled his season total.
Leslie also posted his first career sack in the game. The Powder Springs, Ga., native has played in every game this season and Saturday was his third start of the year. This is the first freshman honor of the season for a Moc.
Chattanooga defeated Wofford 20-10 on Saturday to clinch at least a tie for the Southern Conference Championship for the first time since 1984. UTC can win its first outright SoCon title with a victory Saturday at Samford.
Kickoff against the Bulldogs is set for 3:00 p.m. (E.S.T.). The game will broadcast live on the Mocs Sports Network on ESPN 105.1 FM The Zone and online on ESPN3.com.