BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For the second consecutive week, Alcorn State claimed two of the Southwestern Athletic Conference weekly awards. Isaac Sampson (Mobile, Ala./Davidson) and Darryan Ragsdale (Brandon, Miss./Hinds CC) were named offensive athlete and newcomer of the week, respectively. Southern also picked up two nods in Danny Johnson (Feliciana, La./East Feliciana) and Reggie Travis (Plaquemine, La./Memphis). Johnson earned specialist honors and Travis split newcomer honors with Ragsdale. Alabama State’s Kourtney Berry (Merrillville, Ind./Merrillville) was named defensive student-athlete of the week.
Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week: Isaac Sampson (Alcorn State)
Sampson headed the Braves offensive line with a total of eight pancakes in the 33-7 win over Alabama State. He helped Alcorn accumulate 608 yards of total offense and didn’t allow a single sack. The Braves also scored four rushing touchdowns behind Sampson and two backs earned over 100 yards rushing for the second time in a single game this season.
Defensive Student-Athlete of the Week: Kourtney Berry (Alabama State)
Berry continued to show why he is one of the top defenders in the conference. This is his second time earning defensive student-athlete of the week. He finished with a game-high 15 tackles against Alcorn State and now has 67 total tackles on the season to lead the league.
Specialist of the Week: Danny Johnson (Southern)
Johnson posted Southern’s second 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown during Saturday’s 51-36 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. He also added a 60-yard interception return for a total of 158 all-purpose yards.
Co-Newcomers of the Week: Reggie Travis (Southern) and Darryan Ragsdale (Alcorn State)
Ragsdale picks up newcomer of the week honors for the second consecutive week, his third weekly award of the season. He carried the ball 22 times for a career and game-high 173 yards with two touchdowns in the Braves 33-7 win over Alabama State. Ragsdale averaged 7.29 yards per carries, all for positive yardage. His longest was 40 yards. This is Travis’ first weekly award. He caught five passes for 156 yards and three touchdowns to help propel Southern to a 51-36 homecoming win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.