ATLANTA - Senior defensive end Mackendy Cheridor of GSU football is this week's Georgia State Student-Athlete of the Week, powered by the U.S. Marines.
Cheridor had two sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup to lead a record-setting defensive effort in Georgia State’s 27-17 win over Western Kentucky as the Panthers earned the first bowl victory in school history. The win in the AutoNation Cure Bowl also gave the Panthers their school-record seventh victory and their first winning season as an FBS program.
Despite playing with his arm in a cast, Cheridor had two of the Panthers’ six sacks for 45 yards, negative yardage that helped Georgia State set a school record by holding Western Kentucky to minus-two yards rushing.
Cheridor’s first sack came on third down at midfield, forcing a punt late in the first quarter. That sack broke the Georgia State career record as Cheridor moved past Christo Bilukidi (9.0, 2010-11).
Late in the second quarter, Cheridor made perhaps the key defensive play of the game. Georgia State led 13-10 but the Hilltoppers were driving in the final two minutes of the half and had moved to the GSU 35-yard line when Cheridor sacked quarterback Mike White again, this time forcing a fumble that the Panthers recovered. The forced fumble was the sixth of Cheridor’s career, also a Georgia State record.
The Decatur, Ga., native finishes his career with 25 tackles for loss (second in GSU history), 10.5 sacks (first) and six forced fumbles (first).