Sports writers honors Jenkins as Offensive Player of the Week

September 23, 2009

by Kevin Sims

Coming off a career day in a win over Nicholls State, Ross Jenkins was named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week. Sept. 21.

Struggling to get the offense going in two losses to open the season, Jenkins bounced back at home throwing for a career-best 357 yards, completing 21 of 30 passes and two touchdowns. His performance marks the first time a Tech quarterback has thrown for more than 300 yards since Zac Champion in 2007.

In the post-game press conference Saturday, he gave credit to the 19,000 Tech fans in attendence for his prolific day.

“You try to push every game the same and I think this being our first home game had a lot to do the team’s energy,” Jenkins said.

Jenkins entered the 2008 season as a back up for then-transfer Taylor Bennett, but was named the starter for the final eight games of the season.

Since being named the starter, he has compiled a 7-4 record over the last 11 games, including a win at the 2008 Independance Bowl.

This season Jenkins has thrown for 662 yards and three touchdowns while completing 62 percent of his passes.

The LSWA Player of the Week awards are voted on by a panel of 13 voters across the state from the sports offices football-playing institutions.

Also honored this week were Grambling State defensive end Christian Anthony and Louisiana State place kicker Josh Jasper.