NASHVILLE --- Tennessee State senior running back Charles Anthony has been named Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the second time in as many weeks while senior safety Justin Williams has been named the OVC Defensive Player of the Week. The honors come for the two players play in the Tigers 27-13 road victory at Tennessee-Martin on Thursday night.
"Both of these young men had good games for us in a conference win," said TSU head coach James Reese. "Hopefully they can continue to come through and have repeat performances in the near future."
Anthony, coming off a career-high 202 rushing yards in the TSU's win over Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic, followed with a 161 yard effort on 30 attempts in the win at UT Martin. Anthony had a 21-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
The 5-11, 195-pound Anthony now has rushed for at least a 100 yards in 13 of the past 14 games dating back to last season. Anthony now has 363 yards after the first two games to lead Division I-AA in rushing.
Williams, a 6-2, 180-pound player from Memphis, had a pair of pass interceptions within a span of 57 seconds to help seal the Tigers' victory over the Skyhawks in the OVC opener for both teams. Williams returned his first interception 25 yards for a TD that gave the Tigers their two touchdown advantage.
He then came back on the very next UT Martin play from scrimmage to have a 23-yard return to UTM's 25-yardline.
Williams is in his third season with the Tigers after transferring from Oklahoma after his freshman season. He was a standout at Trezevant High in Memphis.
Williams also had an interception in last week's win over Alabama A&M in the John Merritt Classic.
Williams joins Charles Anthony as weekly awards winners after the first two weeks of the season. Anthony received the honor following his career-high 202 rushing yards in the season opener.