BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alcorn State quarterback Lenorris Footman, Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry, Mississippi Valley State return specialist Booker Chambers, and Prairie View wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge have been recognized by the Southwestern Athletic Conference for their outstanding performances during action on Oct. 31.
Offensive Player of the Week
QB – So. – 6-0 – 181 – Monticello, Fla
Filling in for senior quarterback John Gibbs, Jr., Footman accounted for six total touchdowns to lead the defending SWAC champions to a 48-7 road victory over Southern. Footman rushed for 274 yards on 16 carries, scoring four touchdowns on the day. He was also 3-for-7 for 71 yards and two more scores. His rushing scores covered 44, 17, 30, and 60 yards, and he helped to power a rushing attack that rolled up 484 yards on the ground against the Jaguars.
Defensive Player of the Week
LB – R-Jr. – 6-0 – 215 – Merrillville, Ind.
Berry racked up 13 total stops in helping the Hornets win the 74th Annual Magic City Classic to the tune of 35-20 over Alabama A&M. He also made a tackle for loss and recovered a fumble that halted a potential scoring drive for the Bulldogs. Berry is now up to 101 total tackles this season, a figure leads the conference by more than 20.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Wide Receiver/Return Specialist
Mississippi Valley State
WR/RS – Sr. – 5-9 – 175 – Greenwood, Miss.
Chambers was a bright spot for the Delta Devils in their 26-16 loss to Jackson State, as he amassed 168 total return yards during the contest. He returned three punts for 32 yards, with a long of 19. His five kickoff returns netted him 136 total yards, with a 57-yarder being his longest of the game. Thanks to his efforts in special teams, he led all players in all-purpose yardage during the contest.
Newcomer of the Week
Prairie View A&M
WR – Jr. – 6-2 – 195 – D’Lo, Miss.
Hodge hauled in a season-high six grabs for 104 yards and a touchdown in Prairie View A&M’s 54-29 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Hodge was particularly effective on the drive that ultimately resulted in the Panthers – who had fallen behind 14-0 before scoring 40 unanswered points – taking their first lead of the game, as he made three catches for 70 yards during the possession. Later in the contest, he got his hands on a 10-yard touchdown from Trey Green.