Montclair, NJ (11/15/09) —Senior punter Steve Layden (Westampton, NJ / Rancocas Valley) collected another award on Wednesday as he was named to the D3Football.com "Team of the Week". On Sunday, he was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.
Layden becomes the second Red Hawks to be named to the D3Football.com "Team of the Week". Cornerback Dominique Dixon (Elizabeth, NJ / Morris Hills) was selected on October 14.
Layden earned the honors after helping MSU secure the 2009 NJAC Championship with a 14-6 victory over rival Kean. In a defensive struggle in which every yard of field position mattered, Layden punted 11 times in the contest and helped set up both Red Hawk touchdowns by downing punts inside Kean’s 1 and 6-yard lines. The 11 punts in the victory marked the second most in any NJAC game this season. The win secured the 18th NJAC Championship for MSU and their first league title since 2003.
Layden currently ranks sixth in the NJAC in punting average with a mark of 34.9.