USA College Football Honors Two Crusaders
New York, NY – North Greenville’s Tristen Jackson and Sam Houston have each been honored by USA College Football as Division II Players of the Week for Week Four of the 2014 football season.
For Jackson, this is his second award after being named Player of the Week for the NCCAA earlier this week for his performance against Brevard College. The freshman running back earned USA College Football Rookie of the Week honors after rushing 22 times for 184 yards and three touchdowns, while adding two catches for 14 yards in his first career start.
In four games thus far, Jackson is the team’s leading rusher with 250 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns. The Jefferson, GA native has also caught three passes for 31 yards, totaling 281 all-purpose yards on the season.
Houston, a sophomore linebacker, claimed USA College Football Linebacker of the Week after recording 19 total tackles (4 solo, 15 assisted) and setting a school-record for tackles in a game in the Crusaders’ 41-31 home victory over the Tornados.
The Easley, SC native leads the defense with 49 total tackles, two pass breakups and a forced fumble just four games into the season, including a combined 37 tackles in the last two games.
USA Football Network was founded in 1988 by members of the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association, the nation's first football writers' organization that began in 1935, with a mission to develop a national portal for college, high school and professional teams, conferences, leagues, events, honors and awards.
At the same time, USA College Football was launched to primarily increase the national recognition of what was known as College Division football programs, including NCAA Division I-AA, Division II and Division III as well as NAIA teams and honors.
To upgrade media coverage, Eastern College Football, Midwestern College Football, Southeast College Football and Western College Football were launched in 2013 while coverage of the 138 schools competing at the community college level commenced in 2014. The first video productions began in 1988 with the Divsion I game between New Mexico State University and Fresno State in Las Cruces, NM and a cross-division contest matching East Stroudsburg State against Montclair State in New Jersey.
In 1995, the organization founded the USA Football Bowl which was the original Division III Senior All-Star Game and later absorbed the Division II Cactus Bowl while marketing and promoting the first-ever NCAA-sanctioned championship doubleheader, the 1995 Eastern College Athletic Association Division III Southeast and Southwest Championship contests that included Franklin & Marshall (PA), Frostburg State (MD), United States Merchant Marine Academy (NY) and Wilkes (PA).
The Crusaders (3-1) will take on in-state rival Limestone College on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. in Younts Stadium.