BIRMINGHAM, ALA. – Southern sophomore quarterback Ladarius Skelton, Grambling State redshirt junior defensive back Joseph McWilliams, Mississippi Valley State senior return specialist and wide receiver Booker Chambers and Grambling State sophomore defensive back Devanir Martin were all named the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Football Players of the Week in week 11 of the season for their outstanding play.
Ladarius Skelton (SO, QB, Pine Bluff, Ark.)
On a career night against the school from his hometown, Pine Bluff native Ladarius Skelton threw four touchdowns on 12 completions as Southern routed UAPB 56-24 in the Jaguars home finale Saturday.
The JUCO transfer threw for a career-high 283 yards and completed touchdown strikes of 28, 57, 45, and 15.
This marks the second week in which Skelton has been named the SWAC Offensive Player of the Week this season.
Joseph McWilliams (R-JR, DB, Baton Rouge, La.)
McWilliams was named the College Sports Madness SWAC Defensive Player of the Week after his performance at Alabama A&M. The redshirt junior had a 20-yard interception return for a score and recovered a blocked extra point and returned it for the two-point conversation in the Tigers’ 29-16 road win. In addition, he led the Grambling State defense with eight solo tackles.
Mississippi Valley State
Booker Chambers (SR, RS/WR, Greenwood, Miss.)
Chambers scored three all-purpose touchdowns Saturday in Mississippi Valley State’s non-conference matchup against Hampton. Chambers led all receivers in Saturday’s contest with 11 receptions for 180 yards and two touchdowns. His 71-yard reception from quarterback Jett Even 65 seconds into the game opened the high-scoring contest.
Chambers added to his receiving exploits by returning a punt 85 yards for a touchdown, giving him three for the day. It was Chambers’ second punt return for a touchdown this season. He returned two punts for a total of 101 yards against Hampton.
Devanir Martin (SO, DB, Dothan, Ala.)
Martin came up with a 35-yard interception return for a score late in the third quarter, which gave the Tigers a 27-10 lead. In addition, Martin finished with five solo tackles and one pass breakup. Grambling State defeated Alabama A&M 29-16.