UAM gridders win second GAC weekly award in as many weeks
This time last season, Jeremy Jackson was trying to find a way to dodge cornerbacks in the open field. Now, he is one.
The 5-foot-8, 200-pounder made the transition from running back to the defensive backfield for his senior season at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. It didn’t take long for his efforts to be recognized by the Great American Conference.
For the second week in a row, the league has honored a Boll Weevil. Last week, it was Cole Sears as co-Offensive Player of the Week. Thanks to one of the biggest highlight plays in the league so far in 2017, Jackson has been selected co-Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 49-7 rout of East Central University Saturday at Willis “Convoy” Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium.
“What a great honor for Jeremy,” head coach Hud Jackson said. “He made the transition from running back in the spring and took full advantage of the opportunity. I’m very proud of Jeremy—a true team player.”
With UAM already comfortably ahead of ECU, Jeremy Jackson picked off a Tiger pass and took it 76 yards for the Weevils’ first defensive touchdown of the year. The Hahnville, La. native also led UAM in tackles with six (five solo) and broke up three passes.
As Sears did before him, Jeremy Jackson had to share his league award. One week after earning the GAC Special Teams Player of the Week honor, Southern Arkansas University junior defensive end Davondrick Lison grabbed a piece of the Defensive Player of the Week honor.
Lison, from Arkansas City, dominated the line of scrimmage against Southwestern Oklahoma State University. He recorded three sacks, the most by an SAU player since 2009 when current NFL lineman Cedric Thornton had three against UAM. SAU totaled seven team sacks, the most in a game since 1997.
Other weekly awards went to Northwestern Oklahoma State University’s Isiah Weed and Southern Nazarene University’s Carlos Anguiano. Weed, a junior wide receiver, took Offensive Player of the Week accolades while Anguiano, a junior kicker, won the Special Teams Pklayer of the Week award.
Weed, a junior from Seattle, helped deliver the first win for the Rangers against Henderson State University since the two schools joined the GAC as he scored three second-half touchdowns in the 36-30 win. He threw for 161 yards and two scores and added a team-leading 93 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Anguiano, a junior from Ashdown, averaged 40.7 yards on six punts in SNU’s 28-27 come-from-behind win at Harding University. He executed a successful onsides kick with 49 seconds left that gave the Crimson Storm the ball back for their game-winning possession. He converted all four extra points, including the decisive point after touchdown with 29 seconds remaining.