(PITTSBURGH, Pa.) – Two Carnegie Mellon University seniors, wide receiver John Prather (Olney, Md./Our Lady Of Good Counsel) and punter / placekicker Tyler Kohman (Pataskala, Ohio/Columbus Academy), were recognized by the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) and the University Athletic Association (UAA) for their play in the Tartans' 45-14 win over Bethany College on Saturday. Prather was named Offensive Player of the Week while Kohman was honored as Special Teams Athlete of the Week. The two have helped the Tartans to their best start since 2006 at 5-0.
Prather tied the school record for most receptions in a game, as he finished with 10 catches for 122 yards and added a career-best four touchdowns, all in the first half. His four touchdown catches gives him 22 for his career breaking a 50-year school-record mark of 21 held by Richard Bell (1964-67). It also marked Prather's eighth 100-yard career game and third this season.
Kohman, the nation's leading punter, averaged 49.8 yards on five punts. Three of his kicks went over 50 yards, with a long of 58, and a pair were placed inside the Bison 20-yard line. Thirteen of Kohman's 22 punts this season have been placed inside the opponent's 20. He also connected on a 33-yard field goal and went 5-for-5 in point-after attempts.
Carnegie Mellon will return to Gesling Stadium on Saturday, October 7, as the Tartans entertain 16th-ranked Washington & Jefferson College. Kick is set for 1:00 p.m. in Pittsburgh.