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.