September 28, 2009 at 3:59 PM CDT - Updated June 17 at 6:17 AM
OFFENSIVE Ryan Perrilloux, QB
Sr., 6-3, 223 LaPlace, La. Jacksonville State
In the return to his home state, Perrilloux accounted for five touchdowns (four passing, one rushing) for the second straight week as Jacksonville State pounded Nicholls State 60-10. He finished the game 14-of-22 for 250 yards and four touchdowns (of 17, 44, 14 and 6 yards) and added 58 rushing yards and a score (38 yard rush) to account for 308 total yards of offense in just three quarters of play (he sat out the fourth quarter). He finished with a passing efficiency of 219.09, the third best total in school history. His 181.55 passing efficiency on the season is No. 1 nationally. He became the first Gamecock to post back-to-back five-touchdown games in school history. Perrilloux accounts for 22.00 points/game for his team, the third best total nationally. Perrilloux has been named OVC Offensive Player of the Week three straight weeks, marking the first time a player has done that since now Dallas Cowboy quarterback Tony Romo did for Eastern Illinois from Oct. 5-19, 2002.
Others Nominated: Jake Christensen, Eastern Illinois; T.J. Pryor, Eastern Kentucky; Derrick Townsel, Murray State; Mike Jones, Southeast Missouri; Miguel Barnes, UT Martin.
DEFENSIVE Bryan Blanfort, FS
Jr., 6-1, 190 Miami, Fla. Southeast Missouri
Blanfort netted a career-high 14 tackles, forced a fumble and had a pass breakup in Southeast Missouri's 29-22 road loss at UT Martin. Blanfort recorded nine tackles in the first half along to help keep the Redhawks close. His crushing hit on a UTM back forced a fumble that led to a Southeast touchdown as the team pulled to within six points early in the fourth quarter.
Others Nominated: CJ James, Eastern Illinois; Jordan Dalrymple, Eastern Kentucky; Kevin Dix, Jacksonville State; Josh Bey, UT Martin.
SPECIALIST Patrick Tatum, K/P
So., 6-2, 200 Sylvania, Ala. Jacksonville State
Tatum had a career game in handling all the kicking duties in Jacksonville State's 60-10 road win over Nicholls State. As a punter he averaged a career-best 47.2 yards/punt on four punts, including booming a long of 55 yards. He pinned two of those punts inside the Nicholls 8-yard line (one at the 2-yard line). As a place kicker Tatum hit six extra points and had 10 kickoffs for a career-best average of 61.6 yards. Others Nominated: Austin Signor, Eastern Illinois; Patrick Tatum, Jacksonville State; Kienan Cullen, Murray State; Doug Spada, Southeast Missouri; Joe Hook, UT Martin.
CO-NEWCOMER Jake Christensen, QB
Grad., 6-1, 215 Lockport, Ill. Eastern Illinois
Christensen helped Eastern Illinois remain perfect on the season with a 30-20 road win over Austin Peay on Saturday. The transfer from Iowa started the game by going 10-of-11 with two touchdown passes as EIU built a 21-0 lead. Christensen finished the game 21-of-36 for 192 yards and those two scores. The win helped the Panthers improve to 4-0 for the first time since the 1996 season. Christensen was named Newcomer of the Week for the second straight week and it marks the third straight week an EIU player has earned the honor.
CO-NEWCOMER Jamal Young, RS/RB
Jr., 5-7, 175 Jackson, Miss. Jacksonville State
Young finished with 217 all-purpose yards, including a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, in Jacksonville State's 60-10 road win over Nicholls State. Young had 130 yards on two kickoff returns, carried the ball 12 times for a team-high 65 yards and caught three passes for 22 yards. The 95-yard kickoff return for a score was the sixth longest in Jax State history. It was the longest scoring play of the season for the Gamecocks.
Others Nominated: Justin Bell, Eastern Kentucky; Justin Woodlief, Southeast Missouri; Jason McNair, UT Martin.