Week 3 of HBCU football: Southern’s Willie Quinn is the Jaguars’ all-purpose star
Quarterbacks from Alcorn State, N.C. Central and Arkansas-Pine Bluff have great days
Whenever Willie Quinn gets his hands on the football, he’s capable of making a big play. Actually, Quinn — Southern University’s wide receiver and return specialist — made several big plays to help the Jaguars come away with a big 64-6 victory over Alabama State University.
The 5-foot-5, 150-pound senior had a sensational game, compiling 320 all-purpose yards. He had four receptions for 178 yards and three touchdowns, including a 78-yard score.
Quinn was not only a threat as a receiver, but also as a punt and kickoff return specialist. He picked up 72 yards on two punt returns. He gave the Jaguars good field position with a 22-yard kickoff return. Quinn didn’t stop there. In his only carry against Alabama State, he rushed for 18 yards. He also threw a 30-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver Randall Menard.
Southern is one of the most explosive offensive teams in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC), with 1-0 SWAC, 1-2 overall. Jaguars quarterback Austin Howard can really throw the football. He completed 14-of-27 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns against the Hornets. Southern’s Lenard Tillery, a great runner between the tackles, had 22 carries for 124 yards in the win over Alabama State (0-2 SWAC, 0-3 overall).
Quinn gives the Jaguars that extra dimension on the outside. With all the things he can do on the field, Quinn could be a handful for every team in the SWAC.
- University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff redshirt sophomore quarterback Brandon Duncan connected on 29 of 52 passes for 505 yards and four touchdown passes to give the Golden Lions a 45-43 triple overtime victory over Alcorn State University.
- Alcorn State quarterback Noah Johnson had a spectacular performance in that losing effort against Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Johnson threw for 355 yards and three touchdowns while completing 30 of 41 passes.
- Prairie View A&M University running back Sta’fon McCray put on a show, amassing 192 yards on 17 carries in a 41-20 win over Alabama A&M. McCray scored two touchdowns, one of which for 61 yards. He averaged 11.3 yards a carry in that contest.
- Howard University linebacker David Lee had nine total and seven solo tackles in the Bison’s 34-7 loss to Hampton University. Lee had 2.5 tackles for a loss and one sack.
- North Carolina Central University senior quarterback Malcolm Bell was 19 of 24 for 270 yards and three touchdowns in the Eagles’ 65-7 victory over St. Augustine’s University.
- Bowie State University senior wide receiver Nyme Manns had 12 receptions for 150 yards and one touchdown as the Bulldogs lost a tough 44-35 contest to Central Connecticut State University.
- South Carolina State University redshirt junior linebacker Darius Leonard had 19 total and eight solo tackles in the Bulldogs’ 59-0 loss to Clemson University.
Tuskegee ranked 13th in D-II poll
Southern running back Lenard Tillery has rushed for 3,264 yards in his career so far. Tillery is 787 yards away from becoming the SWAC’s all-time leading rusher. Former Jackson State University star Destry Wright is the record-holder with 4,050 career yards.
Tuskegee University, which is 3-0 this season and ranked No. 13 in Division II, could do something special this season. The Golden Tigers edged Florida A&M University, 20-17, in the 5th Quarter Classic in Mobile, Alabama.
After playing three consecutive FBS opponents, South Carolina State University will play its first Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference game of the season against Florida A&M on the road Saturday in Tallahassee, Florida.