Ellis, Mputu Lauded By the Patriot League
Oct. 18, 2010
EASTON, Pa. - Junior cornerback Brandon Ellis (Jeffersonville, Pa./Norristown) and freshman tailback Pat Mputu (Orlando, Fla./Winter Park) have secured Patriot League Defensive and Rookie of the Week honors, respectively.
Ellis helped lead Lafayette to its first victory of the season by recording a career-high 16 tackles and breaking up two passes in a 28-21 triumph over Stony Brook's scholarship program on Saturday. The Leopards held the nation's 20th-ranked rushing offense to 159 yards on the ground, 57 below its average of 216 per game coming into the game. Nine of Ellis' tackles were solo stops. He wins the Defensive Player of the Week award for the first time in his career.
An Economics major, Ellis is enrolled in four classes: African Cultural Institutions, Economics of Sports, Marketing Science and Intro to Film & Media Studies. He also serves as a peer mentor in the College's Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center.
Mputu also had a breakout performance on Saturday, rushing for 102 yards on 23 carries for his first-career 100-yard outing. He racked up 48 yards on a scoring drive that gave Lafayette a 20-14 lead late in the fourth quarter. Mputu was making his second start of the year as he has been pressed into action due to injuries to Lafayette's top three tailbacks, Jerome Rudolph, Vaughn Hebron and Alan Elder. Mputu, who receives his first Rookie of the Week award, is the first Lafayette freshman to rush for 100-plus yards since Rudolph had 140 against Fordham in 2008.
Academically, Mputu is taking Modeling & Differential Calculus, 21st Century Literacies, Drawing I and Public Speaking during the fall semester.
Lafayette will face fellow Patriot League member Fordham on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Bronx, the first of three straight road games for the Leopards. The Lafayette Sports Network telecast of the game can be seen live on RCN-4, RCN-8, WBPH-60, ESPN3.com and ESPN GamePlan. It will air tape delay on MASN (DirecTV 640, DISH Network 432) Sunday, Oct. 24 at 9 am. The ESPN GamePlan dial positions on DirecTV and DISH Network will be announced Thursday.