HADLEY, MA – Williams College junior placekicker/punter Joe Mallock (West Orange, NJ) has been named the NESCAC Football Special Teams Player of the Week for his role in the Ephs' 41-7 season opening win over Colby.
Mallock was perfect on the day in placekicking, hitting both of his field goal attempts from 39 and 42 yards, and converting all four of his PATs.
Additionally, Mallock was called on to fill in for the Ephs' usual punter Greg Payton who was sidelined with an injury. Mallock averaged 34.5 yards on two punts.
Going back to last season Mallock has now hit on his last seven FG attempts, including the game-winner at Wesleyan when he lifted the Ephs to a 19-17 win. "Joe has worked really hard and it is paying off," said Eph head coach Aaron Kelton. "Ever since Joe made the big kick last year against Wesleyan he has played and kicked with more confidence. He is getting better every day and has the confidence of the entire team. Joe has become a legitimate weapon for us each game."
Mallock is one of just two New England Division III placekickers on the Fred Mitchell Award Watch List and one of 44 kickers nationwide in all divisions of college football.
Next up for the Ephs is a home contest Saturday at 1:30 PM against Trinity College. In eight of the last 12 years the winner of the Williams-Trinity game has gone on to at least a share of the NESCAC title.