October 29, 2012 at 2:43 AM CDT - Updated June 28 at 11:07 AM
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Jacksonville State's Washaun Ealey was named the Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced on Sunday.
Ealey rushed for 146 yards and tied his career-high with three touchdowns as Jacksonville State topped Murray State 38-35 on Saturday to improve to 5-3 on the season.
The Stillmore, Ga., native carried the ball 37 times (the second-most rushes in a game in the FCS this season) and also caught a nine-yard pass in the victory.
The senior scored on a 29-yard rush early in the first quarter and then added a one-yard run at the end of the first quarter to tie the game at 14. His final rushing touchdown came with 11:33 to play in the third, a two-yard run that put the Gamecocks on top for good (35-28).
It marked Ealey's third-straight 100-yard rushing game and he now has eight touchdowns over his past four games as he claimed his fifth career OVC Player of the Week honor.
Jacksonville State returns to action on Saturday on the road at UT Martin. Kickoff is set for noon and the game can be heard on the JSU Radio Network, beginning at 11 a.m.