For all the concern about Alabama State’s defensive performance each week, the Hornets had the Southwestern Athletic Conference defensive player of the week for the third consecutive week as outside linebacker Daerius Washington was honored with the award on Monday.
Washington tallied eight tackles and a crucial interception late in the first half which he returned 19 yards for a touchdown to give the Hornets a 28-7 halftime lead over Grambling. His defensive efforts helped ASU hold the Tigers to 12 rushing yards in a 52-21 victory.
“Our quarterback (Daniel Duhart) did some good things and the defensive guys were competing at a high level,” ASU coach Reggie Barlow said in Monday’s weekly teleconference. “The defense got stops when we needed them, but there are still some things we have to clean up. All in all we are happy with the performance and whenever you can win in conference it’s always a good thing.”
Other SWAC players of the week included offensive standout receiver Lee Doss of Southern, who had 10 catches for 164 yards and a touchdown in the Jaguars’ 17-7 win at Mississippi Valley; newcomer Jeremiah Young, the UAPB freshman tailback who had 139 yards on 21 carries in a losing effort against Alcorn State; and special teams player Travis Jatzlau, a punter at Prairie View who averaged 43.6 yards per punt.
The Hornets remain home this week to play Alcorn State on Saturday at 5 p.m.
“We face a team that is playing with a lot of confidence,” Barlow said. “They have a lot of really good players on their team, solid running backs, and their quarterback is playing really good and completing a high percentage of his passes. Defensively, they have good size up front and are playing a lot of guys that are running around.”