Manis tabbed USA South Rookie of the Week behind 8 tackles, 3 stops for loss

Manis tabbed USA South Rookie of the Week behind 8 tackles, 3 stops for loss

Maryville College's Colby Manis led a defensive unit that allowed just 71 rushing yards on Saturday, as the freshman linebacker was named the USA South Defensive Rookie of the Week.

Manis led the Scots with eight total tackles in the 42-7 thrashing of Greensboro College.

"Colby is playing very hard for us right now," Maryville College Assistant Head Coach Scott Brumett said. "He's all over the place. He's flying to the football, and he's making correct reads. That put him in a great position to make plays."

Maryville outscored the Pride, 35-0, in the first quarter on a trio of defensive scores, as the Scots are guaranteed at least a share of the USA South Athletic Conference Title. The championship is MC's fourth of its kind since 2012.

The Scots have also clinched the USA South's automatic qualifier into the NCAA postseason.

Manis and the Orange and Garnet defense held Greensboro College to just 5-of-18 on third downs in the USA South contest. Maryville forced a total of five turnovers in the game, as they took control early.

This Pigeon Forge, Tenn. native had eight tackles on the day, as seven of those went for solo stops. He added one assisted take down, as the linebacker had three tackles for loss on the afternoon.

"Any time you can make three tackles for loss, you know you're playing at a high rate of speed," Brumett said. "I believe he was just seeing it, reacting fast and getting to the football."

Manis contributed six yards of loss to the Pride with his takedowns behind the line of scrimmage.

The freshman had a key stop in the first quarter on second-and-10, as it allowed the Scots a take away. He took down quarterback Nate Coffey on a scramble play, as the signal caller tossed an interception on the next play to Hayden Tanner.

Manis also had a 4-yard tackle for loss on the Pride's next drive, as he stuffed running back Cory Vaughan to force a Greensboro punt.

In all, Greensboro managed a total of 4 yards in plays that involved Manis.

On the season, this 6-foot, 215-pound defender has tallied 18 total tackles. In all, 12 of those stops go down as solo tackles, as he's added six assisted. Manis has four tackles for loss in his first season of collegiate football, as he managed 7 yards of total loss to opposing squads.

Manis has also added a pass breakup in his rookie season.

"Any time you get soloed up, making one-on-one tackles, you feel pretty confident in somebody that can do that," Brumett said. "That's always a plus."

The freshman linebacker will look to lead the Scots against N.C. Wesleyan College this weekend, as Maryville looks to claim the USA South Athletic Conference Championship outright for the first time in school history.

Kickoff against the Battling Bishops on Senior Day is slated for 1 p.m.