LANCASTER, Pa. --- Moravian College freshman defensive back Jackson Buskirk and junior kicker Jon Miller have been selected as the Centennial Conference Co-Defensive and Co-Special Teams Athletes of the Week for their performances in the Greyhounds' 20-17 win at Juniata College Saturday afternoon.
Buskirk had a pair of first half interceptions and finished with a total of three passes defended and three tackles. His first interception ended a Juniata scoring threat late in the first quarter as he picked the ball off at the Moravian 2-yard line for his first collegiate interception. With under two minutes to play in the first half, Buskirk made another interception at the Moravian 20-yard line and returned it 36 yards to the Juniata 44-yard line, setting up the Moravian offense for a drive that ended with a field goal to give the Greyhounds a 10-7 halftime lead.
"Jackson is a very gifted athlete who has improved every week," stated Head Coach Jeff Pukszyn. "He has attention to detail, which has helped him to quickly adjust to the college game."
Miller kicked a career-long 34-yard field goal with four seconds left to give Moravian its first win of the 2017 season. Miller was 2-for-2 on field goals as he made an 18-yard kick with 12 seconds left in the first half to send the Hounds to the locker room with a 10-7 lead. He also connected on a pair of extra-points and kicked off five times for an average of 55.4 yards. Miller's winning kick is the closest to time expiring for the Greyhounds since Brian Reckenbeil made a 34-yard field goal to give the Hounds a 44-41 win at Johns Hopkins University in Moravian's first year as an associate member of the Centennial Conference in 2007.
"Jon has drastically improved from year one to year two in the program," noted Pukszyn. "His strength has had gotten better and his consistency is top notch. He is a big asset for us in the kick game."
The Greyhounds are slated to return to action on Saturday, October 28 when the squad hosts Franklin & Marshall College in a Centennial Conference game kicking off at 1:00 p.m. at Rocco Calvo Field in Bethlehem.