Here are the BASN Newsroom/Batchelor Pad Radio Network HBCU Football All-Peak Performers of the week for the games played through October 14th.
DIVISION I (FCS)
Offense: Howard junior wide receiver Jequez Ezzard, who was also named the CFPA’s FCS National Performer of the Week, made history with his second consecutive three-touchdown contest in the win over Delaware State. He became the first Howard player to achieve that feat as he also caught four receptions for 191 yards which also included a 78-yard touchdown reception.
Defense: Grambling State senior linebacker De’Arius Christmas, who was also named the SWAC College Sports Madness Defensive Player of the Week, led the Tiger defense with eight total tackles, including seven solo stops. He had a pair of sacks and one interception — his second of the season in leading Grambling State to a 34-21 win against conference opponent Texas Southern.
Special Teams: North Carolina A&T redshirt senior kick returner Malik Wilson returned the opening kickoff 100 yards in the contest versus Florida A&M. He finished the afternoon with a 55-yard average on two attempts.
Newcomer: Florida A&M freshman defensive back Herman Jackson jumpstarted FAMU’s comeback against North Carolina A&T as he picked up his forced fumble late in the second quarter and raced 55 yards for a touchdown as his score marked the Rattlers’ first touchdown of the afternoon. He also finished the game with four solo tackles and one pass breakup.
Coach: Southern head coach Dawson Odums saw his Jaguars hold Prairie View A&M’s high-powered offense to 139 yards in the first half en route to a 38-0 victory over the Panthers. The last time PVAM was shutout in a SWAC game was 2005 — ironically it was also against the Jaguars, 38-0.
Offense: Virginia Union sophomore running back Tabyus Taylor rushed for 177 yards and four touchdowns in VUU’s 48-38 win over Chowan on Saturday. He became the first Virginia Union player to rush for four touchdowns in a single game since Cassious McDowell in 2014 and now has 15 rushing TDs on the season, tying him for second place on the single-season TD rushing list.
Defense: Kentucky State senior defensive tackle Chris Roberts finished with a season-high 12 tackles, seven solos, and five assists, with three tackles for loss from his nose guard position. His final tackle, late in the fourth quarter, gave the ball back to KSU trailing 17-14 with two minutes remaining. The Thorobreds took the lead 93 seconds later but ultimately fell with a late touchdown.
Special Teams: Benedict College offensive lineman Christian Taylor blocked two Clark Atlanta field goals in the final five minutes of the game to help the Tigers hang on to a 27-24 victory over CAU.
Newcomer: Lincoln (Pa.) freshman defensive end D’Rico Cook led the Lions with six tackles in Saturday’s win over Elizabeth City State. He added two sacks including one late in the game which forced the Vikings to punt, allowing Lincoln to run out the clock and secure the win. He also had two tackles for loss totaling 19 yards
Coach: Lincoln (Pa.) head coach Josh Dean saw the Lions get their first-ever win over Elizabeth City State last weekend. The win also snapped LU’s 24-game losing streak which dated back to September of 2016 when they beat Lincoln (Mo.) 33-23.