BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Southern quarterback Austin Howard, Jackson State defensive end Javancy Jones, and Prairie View A&M cornerback Nick Brewer and linebacker Jalan Coleman have been recognized by the Southwestern Athletic Conference for their outstanding performances during action on Nov. 7.
Offensive Player of the Week
QB – So. – 6-1 – 190 – Edgard, La.
Howard needed only 15 completions to six different receivers to accumulate 229 yards and four touchdowns in the Jaguars’ 57-24 victory at Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Howard’s numbers came in less than three quarters of action as he guided Southern to a 41-8 advantage before halftime. This is the second four-touchdown passing game for Howard this season.
Defensive Player of the Week
DE– Jr. – 6-2 – 230 – Macon, Miss.
Jones was everywhere for the Tigers in their 17-12 loss to Alabama State, racking up 12 total stops and two sacks. The junior also accounted for six tackles for loss of 31 yards. Jones’ stops behind the line of scrimmage were more than what Alabama State posted as a team in the category. Jones now ranks first in the SWAC with 18.0 tackles for loss, and his efforts placed him in the top ten in total tackles and second overall in sacks.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Prairie View A&M
CB – Sr. – 5-11 – 180 – Allen, Texas
The senior blocked two punts in the Panthers’ 40-34 victory over defending SWAC champion Alcorn State. Both of Brewer’s kick blocks led to scores for the Prairie View offense, as his first block was picked up by a teammate and returned for a touchdown. Brewer recovered his second blocked punt and returned it 30 yards for a touchdown. Brewer has blocked six combined kicks this season, which places him two away from tying they all-time FCS season record (8), held by Bucknell’s Josh Eden.
Newcomer of the Week
Prairie View A&M
WR – R-So. – 6-2 – 230 – Daphne, Ala.
Coleman led the way for Prairie View A&M defensively, accounting for a game-high 11 stops (7 solo) for the Panthers in the team’s 40-34 victory over Alcorn State. Seven of Coleman’s tackles occurred during the second half of play. Coleman leads the team in tackles thus far this season, with 58 total stops to go along with 5.5 tackles for loss and two sacks.