NASHVILLE --- Two Tennessee State football players have been honored by the Ohio Valley Conference for their performances in the Tigers' 20-14 overtime victory over Jackson State in the 16th Southern Heritage Classic.
Defensive back/linebacker Jamar Landrom was tabbed as the OVC Defensive Player of the Week while redshirt freshman running back K.J. Austin-Bruce was named OVC Newcomer of the Week.
Landrom, a 6-3, 215-pound senior from Pontiac, Mich., was a big-play performer all game for the Tigers. Landrom had six solo tackles, three tackles for loss, two quarterback sacks, and forced a fumble to lead the defensive unit. Landrom was also named the Southern Heritage Classic's Defensive MVP following the contest.
Austin-Bruce, a 5-11, 215 product of Louisville St. Xavier High School, made his first collegiate game very memorable. He stepped into the tight affair and led the Tigers with 67 yards on 11 carries. He was one of a quartet of young players who saw action at the tailback slot.
The Tigers received half of the weekly awards. Eastern Kentucky quarterback Josh Greco was the offensive player winner while Tech kicker Josh Foster was the special teams player.