JONESBORO, Ark. (11/4/19) – Following Arkansas State’s dramatic 48-41 come-from-behind victory over ULM on Saturday, a pair of Red Wolves garnered Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week nods.
Senior defensive back Darreon Jackson recorded a career-high 17 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss against the Warhawks en route to capturing Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week honors.
The Derby, Kan., native put up the third-most tackles in a game this season by a Sun Belt Conference player, while they were also the most by an A-State player since linebacker Nathan Herrold had 17 against South Alabama in 2012. He topped his previous career high of 15 tackles set just two games ago against Louisiana and now has 40 total stops over his last three outings. He posted his sixth career game with double-figure tackles.
Sophomore kicker Blake Grupe made both of his field goal attempts and scored 12 points to receive the league’s Special Teams Player of the Week nod.
The Sedalia, Mo., native connected on attempts from 43 and 31 yards out and was a perfect 6-of-6 on extra point attempts to finish one point shy of his career-high total. In the process, he moved into a tie for both the eighth most field goals made and points by kicking in a career at A-State. Grupe has now made 13-of-14 field goals this year with his only miss coming from 50 yards out against Georgia.
Monday’s honors are career firsts for both Grupe and Jackson, while the Red Wolves have now had five different players earn one of the conference’s weekly awards a combined six times this season. Senior wide receiver Omar Bayless was named Offensive Player of the Week on Sept. 30, while senior punter Cody Grace was chosen as the Special Teams Player of the Week on both Sept. 30 and Oct. 7. Nathan Page earned the defensive honor on Oct. 28, giving A-State back-to-back SBC Defensive Player of the Week laurels.
After its bye week this week, Arkansas State will return home for a two-game home stint when it hosts Coastal Carolina on Nov. 16. Kickoff is set for 2:00 p.m. at Centennial Bank Stadium with the game airing on ESPN+, while live stats can be viewed at AStateStats.com.