FRISCO – The Sam Houston State Bearkats continued to dominate the Southland Conference’s weekly awards on Monday as quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe was named the league’s offensive player of the week for the second time this year in an announcement by league officials.
The reigning Walter Payton Award winner put together a big day on Saturday in helping the Kats run their record to 8-1 with a 57-20 win over UIW. Briscoe completed 27 of 43 passes for 399 yards and four scores before being removed midway through the third quarter.
He was just one passing yard away from reaching the 400-yard mark for the third time this season, but still finished with the 20th 300-yard passing game of his career. Briscoe now needs just two touchdown passes to join SFA’s Jeremy Moses and UCA’s Nathan Brown as the only quarterbacks in league history to throw 100 career touchdowns.
He ranks second in the nation in passing yards and his day on Saturday pushed him over 3,000 yards in the air for the year. Additionally, his four scores also gave him 27 touchdown throws this year, pushing him in front of Richmond’s Kyle Lauletta for the national lead. He is trying to become the first FCS quarterback since Eastern Washington’s Bo Levi Mitchell in 2010 and 2011 to lead the country in touchdown passes in consecutive seasons.
Briscoe and the rest of the Bearkats will try to continue their strong push for the FCS playoffs on Saturday when they travel to Abilene for a tilt against Abilene Christian at Wildcat Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESPN3.