Gilchrist's return skills a special asset to Hampton
When South Carolina State hosts Hampton on Saturday afternoon at Bulldog Stadium in a key MEAC matchup, it would be a good idea to kick the ball away from Jeremy Gilchrist, the Pirates' outstanding punt returner who is one of the most dangerous return specialists in the nation.
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• Florida A&M QB Curtis Pulley and Morgan State RB Devan James were named the MEAC Co-Offensive Players of the Week. Pulley completed 13-of-17 passes for 172 yards with three touchdowns. He also rushed 15 times or 118 yards. James led the Bears to a one-point win over Howard. He had 36 carries for a career-high 219 yards and two touchdowns. • Howard DT James Carter was chosen the MEAC Defensive Player of the Week. Carter had 11 total tackles, five solo, in a 31-30 loss to Morgan State. He had a career highs in tackles for loss (3.5) and sacks (1.5 sacks). • It was a huge week for Southern QB Bryant Lee, who completed 25-of-42 passes for 407 yards with three touchdowns and one interception, and rushed 16 times for 64 yards and three TDs, in the Jaguars' 52-49 loss to Florida A&M. Lee was named the SWAC Offensive Player of the Week and the National Offensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network. • Jackson State DE Marcus Bernard was selected the SWAC Defensive Player of the Week. Bernard had seven tackles (3.5 for loss), 2.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a pass breakup in the Tigers' 30-14 win at Texas Southern. • Delaware State OT Adrian Brown helped the Hornets produce 423 yards of total offense in a big win over North Carolina A&T. He graded out at 80 percent on his assignments and collected two pancake blocks and three knockdown blocks. • Donald Babers continues to be the most impressive running back in the SWAC. In fact, Babers, Prairie View A&M's quick-footed runner, is the leading ground gainer in the conference. He has 701 yards on 147 carries for a 4.8 yards-per-carry average and eight touchdowns. Last week, he ran for 202 yards on 26 carries in a win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. • Grambling State is one of the hottest teams in HBCU football. The Tigers (6-2 overall, 3-0 SWAC) have won five straight games and are coming off a 27-7 victory over Alabama State.
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