Wise, Virginia - Marcus Bratton earned his second Mid-South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor on Tuesday for his performance in the Cavaliers 47-14 loss to NCAA Division I-AA Wofford.
The junior defensive back averaged 33 yards per kickoff return in the game including an 86 yard touchdown return to put UVa-Wise on the board in the second quarter.
Thus far, Bratton ranks second in the NAIA averaging 29.3 yards per return while being involved in three return touchdowns. The Roanoke, Virginia native also returned a kickoff for a touchdown in the season opening win over Webber International when he scampered 94 yards to give the Cavaliers a lead they would not relinquish in that contest. While not scoring, Bratton's lateral to teammate Josh Wright on the final play of the Emory and Henry game helped propel Wright to the end zone to pull off one of the more improbable endings in the history of the program.
A complete player, Bratton leads the team in all purpose yards and interceptions while having already accumulated 30 tackles from his defensive secondary position. The play maker has tallied 108 yards return yards on interceptions and fumble recoveries in the first seven games of the season.
Bratton and his teammates will return to action on Saturday when they host Pikeville for a Mid-South Eastern Division contest. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. inside Carl Smith Stadium and the game can be heard live online at http://www.waxm.com