Missouri S&T Deshawn Jones (Olympia Fields, IL/Rich Central), who completed one of the best offensive seasons in school history Saturday, was named today as the Great Lakes Valley Conference offensive player of the week for his performance following the Miners' season-closing win over Quincy.
Jones wrapped up the year by rushing for 191 yards and a school record five touchdowns – all in the first half – in S&T's 63-16 win over Quincy. Jones had a scoring run of 27 yards on the Miners' third play from scrimmage, then added touchdown runs of two, five and one yard before his 73-yard scoring dash in the second quarter that put him over the 100-yard mark for the ninth consecutive game.
As a result, Jones became the first player in GLVC history to rush for 100 yards against every conference opponent in a season as he finished the regular season with 1,579 yards, the most in one campaign in school and GLVC history for a regular season. The rushing total, which currently ranks third in NCAA Division II, is the second-most in any year in the six years of GLVC football behind the 1,739 accumulated last year by Southwest Baptist's Bubba Jenkins, a total that also includes an NCAA playoff game.
Jones' five touchdowns also gave him 16 for the season, which also set a new Missouri S&T single season mark.
It is the second time this season that Jones has earned the league's player of the week award, as he was named in October following another record-setting game when he broke the school and GLVC single-game rushing record with 275 yards against Saint Francis (Ill.).
The Miners finished the 2017 season with a 7-4 record and tied for second in the GLVC standings with a 5-2 conference mark.