BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Texas Southern quarterback Averion Hurts, Alabama State linebacker Daerius Washington, and Prairie View 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 seven of the season, Oct. 15-17.

Offensive Player of the Week
Averion Hurts
Texas Southern
QB – Jr. – 6-1 – 185 – Houston, Texas

Texas Southern’s 49-21 win over Mississippi Valley State was one to remember for Hurts, as he threw six touchdown passes and ran for another score to lead the Tigers to victory. The junior was 19-of-24 passing for 311 yards. He also rushed for 68 yards on 14 attempts.

Defensive Player of the Week
Daerius Washington
Alabama State
LB – Sr. – 5-11 – 200 – Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Washington notched a game-high 12 total stops (nine solo) in helping to lead the Hornets to a 31-24 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Oct. 15. Washington was the lone player to notch double-figures in tackles, and he also made 1.5 tackles for loss in addition to a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry in Alabama State’s victory.

Special Teams Player of the Week
Ernest Brewer
Prairie View A&M
CB – Sr. – 5-11 – 180 – Allen, Texas

Brewer was around the ball all night for Prairie View A&M in the special teams game. The senior blocked two point-after attempts and also recovered two fumbles on special teams during the Panthers’ 47-42 defeat of Southern.

Newcomer of the Week
Will Skinner
Prairie View A&M
Defensive Back
DB – Fr. – 5-11 – 185 – Spring, Texas

Manning the rover position for PVAMU, Skinner racked up 15 total stops in the Panthers’ 47-42 win versus Southern, and also forced a fumble. The figure represents a career-high in tackles for the freshman, as prior to this contest his personal best for tackles in a game was six.



  1. Incredible Homecoming atmosphere Jaguars !!! I’ve been to Southern’s homecomings for years and this one was HUGE !! Too bad we couldn’t come out with a victory, BUT, there’s a lot of football left to play. Congrats Panthers. Oct. 24th we’ll take over Houston and keep it going. GEAUX JAGS !!!!


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