Sunday, November 22, 2009

UPDATE: JSU finishes 14th in poll

Jacksonville State ended its football season with an 8-3 record, which was good enough to pull down a No. 14 rating in the final Sports Network poll.

The Coaches Poll came out Monday and the Gamecocks wree 13th.

They are the highest rated team not in the FCS playoffs. They were not eligible, of course, because of their APR post-season ban.

Here's the playoff field. The top four seeds are Montana, Villanova, Southern Illinois and Richmond. The number beside the team's name represents its position in the TSN poll

11-South Dakota St. (8-3) at 3-Montana (11-0)
13-Eastern Wash. (8-3) at 12-Stephen F. Austin (9-2)
9-Elon (9-2) at 4-Richmond (10-1)
7-South Carolina St. (10-1) at 5-Appalachian St. (9-2)
17-Holy Cross (9-2) at 2-Villanova (10-1)
10-New Hampshire (9-2) at 8-McNeese St. (9-2)
19-Eastern Ill. (8-3) at 1-Southern Ill. (10-1)
15-Weber St. (7-4) at 6-William & Mary (9-2)

JSU quarterback Ryan Perrilloux pulled down the OVC Offensive Player of the Week -- again -- after accounting for 307 yards of total offense and two touchdowns in the Gamecocks' 34-26 win over Eastern Kentucky. It's the second week in a row and seventh time this year he has won the award.

He's won it nine times in his career, tying EIU's Tony Romo (2000-02) and EKU's Markus Thomas (1989-92) for the league record.

Just go ahead and give him the Player of the Year trophy now and don't wait until Tuesday's announcement.

Alexander Henderson was named OVC Defensive Player of the Week for the third year in a row. He had 14 tackles and three fumble recoveries. It marked his seventh straight game with double digit tackles. JSU coach Jack Crowe has called him the best defensive player in the league, and that just might be proven come Tuesday's announcement, too.

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