BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Grambling State senior quarterback Devante Kincade, junior linebacker De’Arius Christmas, redshirt junior punter/kicker Marc Orozco and Southern freshman Kendall Catalon were all named the Southwestern Athletic Conference Football Players of the Week for their outstanding play in week eight.
QB, SR, Dallas, TX
Kincade completed 17-of-26 passing for 268 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Grambling State’s 41-14 rout of Alcorn State. He also rushed four times for 11 yards and scored the game’s first touchdown on a 17-yard run. Kincade threw touchdown passes of 53 yards (Calif Samon) and 18 yards (Marquise Kaigler) in the first half as the Tigers built a 24-7 halftime lead.
LB, JR, Vicksburg, MS
Christmas had a huge defensive game for the Tigers as he racked up a game-high 14 tackles (seven solos and seven assisted), including one sack (loss of eight yards). He also added one forced fumble and one quarterback hurry. He was part of a defensive unit that forced seven Alcorn State turnovers.
P/K, R-JR, Denton, TX
Orozco accounted for 11 points on the day as he was a perfect 5-for-5 in extra points. He also was perfect on field goals as he booted a 40-yard field goal right before halftime to give the Tigers a 24-7 lead and in the third quarter, he split the uprights on a 33-yard field goal that extended the advantage to 27-7.
WR, FR, Mansfield, TX
Catalon scored on a four-yard rush to give Southern a 20-10 advantage at Jackson State. He added an eight-yard reception in Southern’s eventual 35-17 win over Jackson State.