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Week 4: Southern University QB scorches Alabama A&M

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Southern University senior quarterback Austin Howard has easily been one of the top field generals in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) for the last three years. It looks like Howard is headed for another great year throwing the football.

The 5-foot-11, 208-pounder scorched the Alabama A&M defense in the team’s 59-31 victory on Saturday. Howard completed 17 of 26 passes for 280 yards and five touchdowns. He did an outstanding job of spreading the ball around to six different receivers.

Of course, he was able to hook up with his big-play receiver Willie Quinn, who had seven receptions for 112 yards and one touchdown. Howard found tight end Dillon Beard in the Jaguars’ passing attack, as well; he had four catches for 55 yards and two scores.

Southern running back Lenard Tillery had a sensational performance, mostly on the ground rushing for 179 yards on 17 carries while scoring two touchdowns. Tillery also got into the passing game, catching a 65-yard reception from Howard, which happened to be the longest pass play of the game.

The Jaguars (2-0 SWAC, 2-2 overall) have won their last two games behind Howard’s accurate passing. So far, he has completed 64 of 111 passes for 988 yards with 11 touchdowns and just four interceptions. Southern has tallied 123 points in the last two games.


  • Averion Hurts, Texas Southern quarterback, was 13 of 25 for 222 yards and two touchdowns including a 41-yard touchdown pass to Austin Watts to lead the Tigers to a 31-27 win over Alabama State.
  • Alabama State quarterback Quinterris Toppings threw for 323 yards and one score in the Hornets’ 31-27 loss to Texas Southern.
  • Prairie View A&M running back Anthony Wiltz had a great all-around game in the Panthers’ 56-21 victory over Mississippi Valley State. Wiltz had an 18-yard touchdown run, 77-yard punt return for a touchdown and a 49-yard touchdown pass from Prairie View A&M quarterback Trey Green.
  • Jackson State defensive back Zavian Bingham had nine total and eight solo tackles to help the Tigers post a 32-20 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
  • South Carolina State quarterback Caleb York threw four touchdown passes to lead the Bulldogs to a 48-14 victory over Florida A&M. York completed 18 of 36 passes for 241 yards.
  • Morgan State linebacker Greg Gibson had 13 total and seven solo tackles along with four tackles for losses in the Bears’ 28-24 win over Howard.
  • Bowie State sophomore quarterback Amir Hall threw for 346 yards on 32 of 45 passes, including five touchdowns in the 55-13 win over Shaw. The five touchdowns tied Hall’s school record.

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Texas Southern signal caller Averion Hurts is the older brother of Jalen Hurts, who is the starting quarterback for the University of Alabama.

Malcolm Bell, North Carolina Central’s redshirt quarterback, became the first player in school history with more than 1,000 yards rushing and 4,000 yards passing in his college career. Bell threw for 196 yards and one touchdown in NCCU’s 34-31 win over Norfolk State. Bell currently has 1,053 yards rushing and 4,658 yards. This puts him 20th in school history in rushing and seventh in Eagles history in passing. Bell has 5,711 yards in total offense in his career, placing him third on the school’s all-time list.

Donald Hunt, a writer for the Philadelphia Tribune, is a longtime ESPN contributor who has covered Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Follow him on Twitter at @DHUNTTRIB.