Monday, October 17, 2005
NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State redshirt freshman running back Javarris Williams and true freshman defensive end Courtney Richardson have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference for their performances in the Tigers' football victory at Tennessee Tech last Thursday night. Williams was named as the OVC Offensive Player of the Week while Richardson garnered Newcomer of the Week honors. A 5-11, 190-pound running back from Richmond, Texas, Williams rushed for a career-high 190 yards and one touchdown in the Tigers' 31-20 win at Tennessee Tech. Williams averaged 6.1 yards per carry on 31 carries while recording the first 100-yard effort of his career. Williams' 53-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter helped seal the win for the Tigers. Richardson, a 6-2, 200-pound defensive end from Memphis, came through with a big play night for the Tiger defensive unit. Richardson recorded five tackles, including 2.5 for loss, and had a pair of sacks totaling 11 yards. The biggest play came when he forced a fumble, returning it 30 yards for a first-quarter touchdown. The OVC awards four weekly awards during the course of the season. In addition to the TSU honors, Eastern Illinois linebacker Lucius Seymour was the Defensive Player of the Week while Samford's Cortland Finnegan was the Specialist of the Week.