NASHVILLE, Tenn. – After the Tennessee State football team’s historic, 31-15, victory over Jacksonville State, six Tigers were named honorable mentions for the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) weekly accolades.
On defense, Anthony Bass, Samquan Evans and Marquaveus Jackson were up for FCS Defensive Lineman of the Week. Offensively, tight ends A.C. Leonard and Wesley Samuels were honored as well as running back Tim Broughton.
Against the Gamecocks last Saturday, Bass had four stops including 3.5 tackles for loss. Of those wrapped up in the backfield, 2.5 were quarterback sacks. The junior also forced a fumble and is the TSU team leader in quarterback sacks in 2013 with six.
Evans was equally as impressive as the Walkertown, N.C., native posted four tackles, three of which occurred behind the line of scrimmage. The big defensive tackle broke up a JSU pass and leads all TSU defensive linemen this season with 25 tackles.
Jackson had one of his best days of his four-year career in Jacksonville, recording four tackles, three of which were thrown for losses. Jackson had one quarterback sack and is second on the squad in tackles for loss with 8.0.
Bass, Evans and Jackson keyed an impregnable TSU front that held JSU to a season-low 292 yards (only 21 rushing), recorded 14 tackles for loss and forced a pair of turnovers.
In addition to the stout defense, TSU’s tight ends had big days on Saturday as Leonard had team-highs in catches (five) and yards (51) while Samuels caught four balls for 27 yards. Two of Samuels’ grabs went for touchdowns and Leonard added a score, too. Big Blue’s two big targets have a combined 41 catches for 506 yards and eight touchdowns this season.
Broughton was the offensive’s work horse once again in the Tigers’ latest game, notching a career-high 190 yards on 26 carries. The senior is now the Ohio Valley Conference’s rushing leader with 739 yards.
Tennessee State will try to continue its team-wide success on Saturday when the club travels to UT Martin for a 1 p.m. kickoff against the Skyhawks.