BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Jacksonville State's Coty Blanchard and Washaun Ealey were named adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Players of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday.
Blanchard was named the OVC Offensive Player of the Week, while Ealey was named the OVC Newcomer of the Week after both players helped lead No. 9 Jax State to a 24-23 come-from-behind win over UT Martin in the season and OVC openers for both teams last Thursday.
Blanchard came off the bench to replace injured starter Marques Ivory and completed 9-of-17 passes for 133 yards and a touchdown and carried the ball nine times for 32 yards. With his team trailing 23-10 early in the fourth quarter, Blanchard found Ealey for a 43-yard touchdown strike to cut the deficit to six points.
With 4:27 to play in the game. The Leesburg, Ala., native led the offense on a 9-play, 50-yard drive that was capped by a Calvin Middleton rushing score with just 38 seconds to play. On that final drive Blanchard rushed for 28 yards.
As the team's punter Blanchard punted seven times for a 37.7 yards/punt average including putting three inside the UT Martin 20-yard line.
Ealey made his Jacksonville State debut and carried the ball 13 times for a team-best 41 yards and caught a 43-yard touchdown pass as the No. 9-ranked Gamecocks overcame a 13-point fourth quarter deficit to win.
Jacksonville State returns to action next Saturday at Chattanooga. Kickoff is set for 5 p.m. at Finley Stadium.