LANCASTER, PA -- Franklin & Marshall College linebacker George Farrell (Fr., Hatfield, PA/North Penn) has been named the October 31 Centennial Conference Football Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 20-7 win at home over McDaniel College on October 30.
Against the Green Terror, Farrell was the leader of a Diplomats' defensive unit that held the Centennial Conference's top scoring offense (27.3 ppg) to just seven points. Individually, he finished with 10 tackles, including two-for-losses, and broke up a pair of passes.
The award marks the second time this season Farrell has been honored by the Centennial Conference as he earned a spot on the defensive honor roll for his performance in a 15-10 win at Muhlenberg on October 2. Against the Mules, he batted and intercepted a Muhlenberg pass and returned it 82 yards for a touchdown for the go ahead points. In addition, he made a tackle-for-loss of six yards to stop a Muhlenberg drive in its tracks and force the Mules to punt to give F&M good field position.
On the year, Farrell ranks 10th in tackles (29) for the Diplomats, including five tackles-for-loss of 24 yards, with 1.5 sacks for 15 yards, one interception for 82 yards and three pass breakups.
As a team, Franklin & Marshall ranks among the Centennial Conference leaders in scoring offense (second, 23.5 points), scoring defense (fourth, 15.9 points), pass offense (first, 247.9 yards), pass defense (fifth, 182.5 ypg), kickoff returns (fourth, 17.3 yards), punting (first, 35.0 yards), turnover margin (third, -1), rushing offense (fifth, 119.4 yards), rushing defense (fifth, 154.8 yards), total offense (first, 367.2 yards), total defense (fifth, 337.2 yards), punt returns (seventh, 5.1 yards), pass efficiency (first, 130.2), pass defense efficiency (sixth, 111.1), first downs (second, 146), opponent first downs (sixth, 145), sacks by (seventh, 12 for 70 yards), penalties (fourth, 35 for 384 yards), opponent penalties (second, 49 for 459 yards), fourth down conversions (second, 61.1 percent), opponent fourth down conversions (second, 30.0 percent), red zone offense (fourth, 66.7 percent), red zone defense (first, 42.9 percent), third down conversions (third, 34.1 percent), opponent third down conversions (fifth, 35.4 percent), sacks against (second, 14 for 80 yards), field goal percentage (third, 62.5 percent), PAT kicking (second, 23-for-24), time of possession (sixth, 27:49) and kickoff coverage (seventh, 25.0).
Franklin & Marshall (5-3, 2-2 Centennial Conference) will continue the season on November 6 at home versus Ursinus College. Game time is set for 1 p.m.