Mountain Hawks garner two more weekly PL football awards
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – For the second consecutive week and the fifth time in seven weeks this season, senior quarterback Chris Lum was named the Patriot League’s Offensive Player of the Week, it was announced Monday. Lum threw for a career-high 413 yards as Lehigh won its fifth straight game, 34-12 over Fordham. Sophomore Tim Divers was named the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week, as the Mountain Hawks enter their bye week ranked in the top ten in both polls.
Lum has put up staggering offensive numbers almost every week this season and Saturday in the Bronx was no different. The Michigan native completed 32-of-47 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns against the Rams. Lum eclipsed the 400 yard mark for the second time this season and has now thrown for at least 300 yards in all seven outings this season, and eight straight games dating back to last year. He connected with seven different receivers on Saturday, with 13 completions going to junior wide receiver Ryan Spadola, who set a career high with 216 receiving yards on the day. Lum threw touchdown passes to Spadola, senior Jake Drwal and sophomore Zach Hayden, and has now thrown at least two touchdown passes in 15 of his last 16 games.
For the season, Lum is completing 68 percent of his passes for an FCS-leading 2590 yards and 26 touchdowns. Lum also tops the FCS in total offense, averaging 382.43 yards per game. He is rapidly approaching Lehigh’s single season records for passing yards and passing touchdowns. Lum becomes the first player to win Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week honors five times in one season since Holy Cross’ Dominic Randolph won it five times in 2008.
As a team Lehigh now leads the nation in passing offense (373 yds./gm.) and total offense (490.57 yds./gm.).
Divers earns Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time this season after scoring a career-high ten points against the Rams. The New Jersey native booted a pair of first half field goals, including a career-long 36 yarder right before halftime, and was a perfect 4-for-4 on extra points. Divers also averaged 45.5 yards on two punts, matching a career-long with a 51-yard boot and placing both of his punts inside the Rams 20 yard line.
Since taking over the placekicking duties versus Princeton, Divers is 18-for-20 on extra points and 6-for-9 on field goals. He has punted in all seven games for the Mountain Hawks, averaging 38.1 yards per kick.
Lehigh (6-1, 1-0 Patriot League) remains at No. 8 in the Sports Network/Fathead.com FCS Top 25, while the Mountain Hawks jumped two spots to No. 7 in the FCS Coaches Poll.
The Mountain Hawks are off this week and will return to action on Saturday October 29 when they travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to face the Colgate Raiders. Kickoff is set for just after noon in a game that will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.