QB duo earns SoCon honors

Will Cheney

Following Georgia Southern University’s win over The Citadel this weekend, a pair of Eagle players earned Southern Conference honors.

Senior quarterback Jerick McKinnon, who was seen starting at fullback on Saturday, earned SoCon Offensive Player of the Week. McKinnon totaled 198 yards on the ground with two touchdowns while accounting for a successful two-point conversion with a pass to redshirt sophomore running back Devin Scott.

“Being under the gun with Jerick back there with me, it really helped me,” redshirt freshman quarterback Kevin Ellison said. “The help from the offensive side, defensive side and coaching staff just help me out a lot.”

While McKinnon nabbed the Offensive Player of the Week honors, Ellison received SoCon Freshman of the Week honors. Ellison, who got the nod to start against The Citadel last Saturday, posted strong numbers for the second straight week.

Ellison completed seven of 10 pass attempts for 138 yards, while gaining 135 yards and a touchdown on the ground. This came off his performance the previous week against Samford University when he was a perfect seven of seven through the air for 140 yards and two touchdowns, both to redshirt junior running back Tray Butler.

“During practice, Kevin did a good job all week and we were just making sure everything was on the same page and he did his part,” McKinnon said. “A huge shout out to the offensive line. They played great and were fighting all game.”