It wasn’t the prettiest win of the season. In fact, Alabama State’s victory over Mississippi Valley State might have been its most uninspiring, featuring a defense that often made the Delta Devils look better than they were and an offense that couldn’t find a spark the entire day.
But for two seniors that have been fairly constant throughout their careers, it was a chance to earn weekly player of the week honors.
Bobby Wenzig kicked two field goals, one from 31 yards out and the other a season-long 46 yarder, to earn Southwestern Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. He also punted the ball seven times, averaging 45.7 yards per punt. Two of his punts were downed inside the 20 yard line, and two other punts were returned for a loss of two yards.
Equally impressive was the performance of defensive tackle Derrick Billups, who recorded nine tackles, including 6.5 tackles for 28 yards in losses. Among those were a pair of sacks (one he combined to get) that resulted in negative eight yards. How the SWAC didn’t reward that with player of the week honors is anyone’s guess, but he did receive the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week award from College Sports Madness.