Two Jags Named As Sun Belt Players Of The Week
The University of South Alabama Jaguar football team had two student-athletes honored as Sun Belt Player of the Week this week. The Jags defeated Western Kentucky 31-24 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium to open Sun Belt Conference play for both schools.
Tyrell Pearson and Aleem Sunanon were chosen as the SBC Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week by the conference office on Monday. This is both first time honors for both of them in their career.
Pearson, a 5’8″, 150 pound Greenville, South Carolina native, intercepted two passes in the fourth quarter while adding two tackles in his first appearance of the season. Pearson started his heroics in the final three minutes of the game with an interception returned 49 yards to set up the game-winning one-yard touchdown run by Trey Fetner. His second interception came in the end zone to preserve the Jaguar win as the Hilltoppers were facing 4th and 10 from the Jaguar 13-yard line.
Sunanon, a 5’7″ 185 pound redshirt freshman from Orlando, Florida, kicked a career best three field goals along with extra points to score in double-figures for the second consecutive week. He hit on kicks of 42, 43 and 27 in the game. The later attempt tied the game at 24 with over 12 minutes to go in the game.
South Alabama has this weekend off and will return to action when they travel to Knoxville to face the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, September 28.