CARROLLTON, Ga. - For the second time this season, a member of the West Georgia offensive backfield has earned Gulf South Conference weekly honors, as junior running back Devontae Jackson was named Offensive Player of the Week by league officials on Monday.
The former Wheeler High standout had his best game of the year thus far when the lights of ESPN3 were on him, as the junior had 21 carries for 170 yards and three touchdowns in the Wolves' 42-13 victory over the Valdosta State Blazers on Saturday afternoon at University Stadium. It was the first 100-yard game for any West Georgia back this season.
Jackson scored on touchdown runs of 47, 11 and two yards on the afternoon and was a forced out of the backfield throughout the game, averaging 8.1 yards per carry on the afternoon. He also had a reception for eight yards and a kickoff return for 17 yards, giving him 195 all-purpose yards in the contest. His all-purpose numbers push the junior to 3,524 career all-purpose yards, moving him to within 217 yards of Stevie Young for fourth place all-time in all-purpose yardage at West Georgia.
For Jackson, the award is his first Offensive Player of the Week honor from the Gulf South Conference, as he has won both Freshman of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week previously. For the 2017 season, he joins teammates Willie Candler (Offensive), Cam Magee (Defensive), Deandre Gardenhire Freshman), Trey Wiggins (Freshman), and J.J. Jones (Special Teams) as GSC weekly award winners.
Jackson and the Wolves have a huge test in front of them this week, taking on nationally ranked West Alabama on the road. This week marks the fifth-straight opponent for West Georgia that has been ranked at one point this season.