From Harding University
The Great American Conference has announced the league's Offensive, Defensive and Special Team Players of the Week for the fifth week of the season. Southern Arkansas running back Mark Johnson surpassed the 200-yard mark in the Battle of the Timberlands. Henderson State's Jeremy Williams had an all-around effort from his defensive back position and Harding's John Gay drilled three field goals as the Bisons remained undefeated.
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Mark Johnson, Southern Arkansas, RB, JR, Longview, Texas.
Johnson achieved the third 200-yard rushing performance of his career in rumbling for 203 and two touchdowns to help rally Southern Arkansas from a 14-7 deficit to a 30-14 win at Arkansas-Monticello in the inaugural "Battle of the Timberlands". The junior averaged 7.0 yards per tote. His two scoring runs in the fourth quarter sealed the game. His longest rush of the game, 57 yards, led to the final score of the game. In two games against UAM, Johnson has totaled 419 yards and five touchdowns.
GAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Jeremy Williams, Henderson State, DB, SR, Raymond, Miss.
Williams helped lead a Reddie defense that recorded nine sacks and 11 tackles for losses. Williams ended a key scoring threat by the Bulldogs late in the second quarter with an interception at the HSU 13 and returned it 30 yard. He finished with eight total tackles, 1.5 sacks and two pass break-ups.
GAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – John Gay, Harding, K, SO, Jonesboro, Ark.
Gay secured his first GAC Special Teams of the Week award after he scored 10 of Harding's 24 unanswered points in the second half. He made two field goals in the third quarter to cut the ECU lead to 14-13 and put the game away with a 33-yard field goal with 9:03 left that put Harding up 24-14. The last time a Harding kicker made three or more field goals in a game came in 2008 when Ryan Ferrell made four against Southern Arkansas.
- Jercolby Bradley, QB, JR, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Amassed 181 passing and 135 rushing yards; accounted for all 3 TDs)
- Tanner Marsh, QB, SR, Arkansas Tech (Accounted for 346 yards of total offense – 260 passing and 86 rushing – and four TDs)
- Kelvin Martin, QB, SR, Harding (Scored career-high 3 rushing TDs; ran for 117 yards; totaled 147 yards of offense in 2nd half)
- Kevin Rodgers, QB, SO, Henderson State (Completed 15 of last 21 pass attempts; totaled 241 yards and four TDs)
- Ty Towers, QB, SO, Ouachita Baptist (Threw for 187 yards and ran for 103 stepping in as third QB; threw GW touchdown)
- Damon Wicker, QB, SR, Arkansas-Monticello (Threw for career-high 358 yards; rushed for 94 yards; accounted for both TDs)
- Armonty Bryant, DE, SR, East Central (Totaled 11 tackles, 3.0 for loss and the first two sacks of a Harding QB this year)
- Ricky Brown, LB, JR, Ouachita Baptist (Made nine total tackles – six solo, three assisted – added two pass break-ups)
- Izzy Eziakor, S, JR, Southeastern Oklahoma State (Registered 13 total tackles – 7 solo, 6 assisted against No. 12 OBU)
- Roland Dampeer, DL, SR, Arkansas Tech (Registered a pair of sacks, forced a fumbled and added two quarterback hurries)
- Austin Lake, DT, SR, Southern Arkansas (Totaled five tackles, 2.0 TFL including a sack, a pass break up and a QB hurry)
- Ty Powell, DE, SR, Harding (Notched 3.5 tackles-for-loss and 2.5 sacks; collected a sack-FF-FR on one fourth quarter play)
- Jason Fowler, K, SR, Ouachita Baptist (Made two field goals including a season-long of 39; accounted for nine points)
- Trevor Pinkston, K/P, SO, Arkansas Tech (Made two field goals, went 5-for-5 on PATs and averaged 30.8 on four punts)