Prairie View running back Johnta’ Hebert’s 284-yard, four-touchdown effort against Southern last Saturday wasn’t enough to earn him the Southwestern Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week award Monday.
“I’ve got to see who won Offensive Player of the Week,” Panthers coach Willie Simmons said Monday morning on the SWAC coaches weekly teleconference, “because Johnta’ Hebert didn’t get it.”
Unfortunately for the Jaguars, who lost to Prairie View 47-42 last Saturday, the player who was deemed more worthy of the award than Hebert plays for their next opponent. Texas Southern quarterback Averion Hurts threw six touchdown passes and ran for one touchdown in a 49-21 victory against Mississippi Valley State.
The junior from Houston completed 19-of-24 passes for 311 yards and rushed for 68 yards on 14 attempts.
Southern visits Texas Southern at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Though Hebert, a former Glen Oaks High School standout, wasn’t named player of the week, two of his teammates were recognized for their efforts against the Jaguars.
Senior cornerback Ernest Brewer was named Special Teams Player of the Week and freshman defensive back Will Skinner was named Newcomer of the Week.
Brewer blocked two extra points and recovered two fumbles on special teams. Skinner made 15 tackles, nine more than his previous high, and forced a fumble.
Alabama State senior linebacker Daerius Washington was named Defensive Player of the Week. He made a game-high 12 tackles, nine solo, in a 31-24 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff last Thursday. He also had 1.5 tackles for loss, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry.
Southern coach Dawson Odums said the Jaguars were in the right frame of mind when they returned to practice Sunday.
“The loss hurt,” Odums said. “When you have a program that has established itself you don’t take kindly to losing. They know what they have to do. They know what time of year it is. We’ll play better Saturday.”
The Jaguars are 3-3 overall and 3-1 in the SWAC. Texas Southern is 3-3 and 2-3.
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