Courtesy of the Ohio Valley Conference
T.J. Pryor, QB • So., 6-2, 194 • Louisville, Ky. • Eastern Kentucky
Pryor accounted for three of Eastern Kentucky’s four touchdowns as the Colonels topped Murray State 28-21 to end a two-game losing streak. With EKU facing 4th and 1 with the game tied at 21 late in the fourth quarter, Pryor rushed for a 29-yard touchdown that proved to be the game-winner. The sophomore also rushed for a touchdown in the first quarter, the first points of the game for EKU. Those runs were two of his 14 total carries on the day, which netted Pryor a season-high 79 yards. Pryor also completed 10-of-17 passes for 140 yards and a 49-yard score to Orlandus Harris just before halftime (putting EKU up 21-10 at the break).
Others Nominated: Terrence Holt, Austin Peay; Chris Wright, Eastern Illinois; Marcus Harris, Murray State; AJ Williams, UT Martin.
Joshua Jackson, LB • Sr., 6-1, 220 • Baytown, Texas • Southeast Missouri
Jackson had seven tackles, a sack, tackle-for-loss and forced a fumble (that ended a drive at midfield) as No. 11 Southeast Missouri beat UT Martin for its eighth-victory in a row. The eight wins in a row are the most for the Redhawks since the 1955 season and the eight wins overall is tied for the most in the program’s Division I history. Jackson also deflected a pass the landed in the hands of teammate Josh Gipson and eventually led to three points for the Redhawks. The Southeast defense limited UT Martin to just 58 total yards and zero points in the first half. Jackson is the third different Redhawk player to earn OVC Defensive Player of the Week honors this season.
Others Nominated: Spyros Bazigos, Eastern Illinois; Shawn Shupperd, Eastern Kentucky; Joe Gamsky, Murray State; Josh Bey, UT Martin.
Joe Hook, P • Jr., 6-1, 180 • Cincinnati, Ohio • UT Martin
Hook punted five times for an average of 45.8 yards/punt in UT Martin’s 24-17 loss at No. 11 Southeast Missouri. Hook had a long punt of 50 yards and saw three of his punts downed inside the Redhawks 20-yard line.
Others Nominated: none.
Jimmy Garoppolo, QB • Fr., 6-3, 208 • Rolling Meadows, Ill. • Eastern Illinois
Garoppolo had his second-straight solid start for Eastern Illinois, completing 12-of-22 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns as the Panthers won for the first time this season, topping Austin Peay 28-10. The true freshman was on fire in the second quarter when he completed 5-of-6 passes for 129 yards and hit sophomore Chris Wright for two touchdown passes as EIU built a 21-3 halftime advantage. It marked the second-straight week that Garoppolo earned the OVC Newcomer of the Week honor. Over that two-week stretch he has completed 38-of-57 for 560 yards and seven touchdowns and just one interception.
Others Nominated: Shawn Shupperd, Eastern Kentucky; AJ Williams, UT Martin.