BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has tabbed Dray Joseph (Southern), Kourtney Berry (Alabama State), Patrick Ivy (Mississippi Valley State), and Bobby Wenzig (Alabama State) its SWAC Football Players of the Week for September 16.
Pendleton and Crowell were named Co-Offensive Players of the Week, Billups landed defensive honors, Williamson was selected the week’s top specialist and Jones was handed the newcomer award.
Offensive Player of the Week
QB • SR • 6-0 • 210 • Edgard, La.
Dray Joseph led Southern over Prairie View in a 62-59 double-overtime win for control of the West Division. He tagged a career night accounting for 480 of the Jaguars’ 625 total yards from 30-of-48 passing and six touchdowns through the air. He engineered the final 24 yards for a game-winning pass. He completed a pass to 11 different receivers while throwing his longest of the game for 64 yards.
Defensive Player of the Week
LB • RS-FR • 6-0 • 215 • Merrillville, Ind.
In Alabama State’s 40-39 win over defending SWAC champions Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Berry finished the game with a career-high 15 tackles (6 solo, 9 Assists) including a tackle for loss and sack. He also recorded an interception in first quarter in which he returned for 18 yards that led to an ASU touchdown.
Newcomer of the Week
Mississippi Valley State
QB • JR • 6-4 • 215 • Centreville, Ill.
Ivy accounted for 18 points in Mississippi Valley State’s 35-28 loss at Alcorn State. He finished 9-of-25 for 152 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He also led Valley in rushing with 79 yards on 14 carries averaging 5.6 per rush. He finished with 231 all-purpose yards. He becomes the second player from MVSU to earn the newcomer award for a consecutive week following teammate Davon Jones.
Specialist of the Week
K/P • SR • 6-2 • 185 • San Diego, Calif.
Wenzig was perfect in Alabama State’s 40-39 victory over SWAC defending champions Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He scored a total of 10 points connecting both field goal attempts (41, 30) and all four of extra points. His final extra point was the deciding point for the Hornets’ win. He also punted four times for a 39.5 yards per punt average with three of his four punts downed inside the 20-yard line. The only punt that was not downed inside the 20 was his longest of the game for 47 yards. Including last season accolades, Wenzig earns an eighth weekly specialist award.