NASHVILLE --- Chris Rowland earned Ohio Valley Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts at Middle Tennessee. Zita shared the award with Jacksonville State quarterback Zerrick Cooper.
Rowland caught 11 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns in Tennessee State’s game at Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) foe Middle Tennessee. In the first quarter Rowland caught a swing pass and outran the Blue Raider defense, going 96 yards for a touchdown. The 96-yard score is the second-longest in TSU history, as well as the second longest passing play in the FCS this season. In the third quarter the Nolensville, Tenn. product would add a 60-yard touchdown reception, breaking five tackles before running away from the final defender. It marks the second-straight week Rowland has caught 11 passes in a game. The 202 receiving yards is the 12th-most in a game in TSU history. Rowland ranks first nationally in All-purpose yards (218.00), total receiving yards (374), receiving yards per game (187.0) and receptions per game (11.0). The senior ranks third in receiving touchdowns (3).
Rowland is the second Tiger to earn an OVC award in as many weeks after Zita earned OVC Co-Specialist honor for his performance in the 2018 John Merritt Classic.