BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southern quarterback Austin Howard, Prairie View A&M cornerback Foster Brown II and linebacker Steven Guillory, and Alabama A&M punter Nick Carden have been recognized by the Southwestern Athletic Conference as football players of the week for their outstanding performance in competition during week six of the season, Oct. 10.
Offensive Player of the Week
QB – So. – 6-0 – 190 – Edgard, La.
Howard was a difference maker for the Jaguars, as his five-touchdown night powered Southern to a 45-34 road win at Alabama State. Southern’s sophomore signal-caller threw for 355 yards and three scores – on 33-of-45 passing – and also rushed for two touchdowns on the ground in the win. This marks the second time this season that Howard has been honored as SWAC Offensive Player of the Week.
Defensive Player of the Week
Prairie View A&M
LB – R-So. – 5-10 – 175 – College Park, Ga.
Foster was a factor in all phases of Prairie View A&M’s defensive effort versus Mississippi Valley State, as he picked up eight total tackles in the Panthers’ 45-6 win. In addition, he made one tackle for loss, notched a quarterback sack, made one pass breakup, and also blocked a point-after attempt.
Special Teams Player of the Week
P – So. – 6-3 – 190 – Huntsville, Ala.
Carden earned his second SWAC Special Teams Player of the Week award this year after averaging a shade under 44 yards per punt during the Bulldogs’ loss versus Grambling State. Carden’s longest punt of the day traveled 51 yards, and he twice pinned GSU’s offense inside the 20 with his punting.
Newcomer of the Week
Prairie View A&M
LB – R-Fr. – 6-0 – 200 – Pearland, Texas
Guillory was a driving force behind the Panthers’ pass rush versus Mississippi Valley State. The freshman accounted for two of Prairie View A&M’s eight sacks on the day. He also was credited with seven total stops, with 1.5 tackles for loss in the 45-6 victory.