BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Southwestern Athletic Conference has named Alabama State’s Malcom Cyrus (Autaugaville, Ala./Autaugaville) and Preston Clark (Jacksonville, Fla./University Christian), Jackson State’s Javancy Jones (Macon, Miss./Noxubee, College), and Darryan Ragsdale (Brandon, Miss./Hinds College) from Alcorn State football student-athletes of the week.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Malcom Cyrus (Alabama State)
This is Cyrus’ first time this season earning offensive athlete of the week honors. He was most of the Hornet’s offense in their 27-21 win over nationally ranked Tennessee State. The 5-10, 180 back rushed for a game-high 170 yards on 26 carries. He also caught three passes for another 86 yards, including a 70-yard catch and run that opened second half scoring for Alabama State. Cyrus finished the game with 256 all-purpose yards.
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week – Javancy Jones (Jackson State)
Jones led the Jackson State defense with nine tackles, four for a loss, in the Tigers 59-0 rout of Virginia Lynchburg. He also forced a fumble and broke up a pass.
Specialist of the Week – Preston Clark (Alabama State)
The freshman kicker earned specialist of the week honors after going through the entire game without missing a single kick. He connected on two field goals at 32 and 27 yards, respectively, and hit all three extra points, totaling nine points in the win. Clark also put in work as a punter averaging 33.5 yards per punt, even dropping one inside the 20.
Newcomer of the Week – Darryan Ragsdale (Alcorn State)
The 6-0, 198 running back accounted for 111 of the Braves 295 rushing yards on 11 carries. Ragsdale’s longest was a 35-yard run. He averaged 10.1 yards per carry.