Cougars Sweep of Weekly Honors a First for Any AAC Team
By Elizabeth Grimsley
The Houston has swept its conference weekly awards, becoming the first team in the league to do so.
After its 59-28 win against University of Texas-San Antonio on Saturday, three Houston players were awarded player of the week honors by the American Athletic Conference.
Freshman quarterback John O’Korn was named Offensive Player of the Week, sophomore defensive back William Jackson received defensive recognition and redshirt freshman defensive back Brandon Wilson was awarded special teams honors.
The game against UTSA was only the second career start for O’Korn who completed 24 of 36 passes for 312 yards, including four touchdowns for the Cougars. Over the whole season, he has a 63.5 percent completion rate with just one interception.
Jackson made six tackles during the game and forces one fumble. He also returned a 96-yard interception for a touchdown. The 96-yard return is the second longest by any FBS player so far this season.
Wilson also had a touchdown on Saturday — a 78-yard return on a blocked field goal. It was his second block in as many weeks.
Houston was able to sweep the awards in a week that also featured University of Central Florida nearly overcoming No. 12 South Carolina — an impressive feat for a young Cougar team.
Houston’s ability to produce good results with such a young team could aid them in the long run. Looking at their results so far this season sets them up for a potentially steady rise in the rankings over the next few years.
Although Houston’s schedule is far from difficult — aside from a matchup against BYU — the Cougars are running with a four-game win streak. They will hope to take that streak into the next game against conference opponent Memphis and hopefully continue to rise up as a football program.