BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Southern redshirt sophomore quarterback Ladarius Skelton, Grambling State senior linebacker De’Arius Christmas, Alabama State junior punter Anthony Craven, and Texas Southern graduate student/wide receiver Bobby Hartzog were all named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Football Players of the Week in week seven of the season for their outstanding play.
Ladarius Skelton (R-SO, QB, Pine Bluff, Ark.)
In his first career start at SU, Ladarius accounted for 370 yards total offense and four touchdowns, including three rushing scores, in Southern University’s 38-0 victory at Prairie View A&M on Saturday. Skelton rushed 27 times for 202 yards with a long of 56 yards. The redshirt sophomore also threw for 168 yards on 15-of-26 passing with a 14-yard touchdown strike to Trey Smith in the third quarter.
De’Arius Christmas (SR, LB, Vicksburg, Miss.)
Christmas, who was named the SWAC College Sports Madness Defensive Player of the Week, led the Tiger defense with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops. He had a pair of sacks and one interception – his second of the season in leading Grambling State to a 34-21 win against conference opponent Texas Southern.
Anthony Craven (JR, P, Linden, Calif.)
Craven punted the ball seven times in a 45-7 loss to South Alabama, averaging 45.7 yards per punt. The junior recorded a career-long 80-yard punt, and pinned South Alabama inside the 20-yard line three times in the loss.
Bobby Hartzog (GR, WR, Houston, TX)
Hartzog had a new career high as he hauled in nine catches for 190 yards and a touchdown. The highlight for the Tigers offensively was his 75-yard touchdown reception which helped the Tigers close the scoring gap against Grambling State.