MONDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2006
Chris Horton named PFL Offensive Player of the Week
Oct. 23, 2006
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Junior quarterback Chris Horton was named Pioneer Football League Offensive "Player of the Week" for the second time this season after leading the Dolphins to a 28-24 come-from-behind win over Morehead State on Oct. 21 at Jayne Stadium.
Horton, who connected on 20-of-37 passes for a career-high 331 yards, tied his program record by throwing four touchdown passes in the contest. After taking over the starting spot in the final three games of 2005, Horton has led the squad to a 5-1 record in PFL games.
"It was truly a group effort this week with the blocking of the offensive line and the receivers catching the ball but Chris certainly had his finest game of the season," said JU head coach Steve Gilbert. "He was particularly productive down the stretch when it counted the most. Not only did he display accuracy, but he showed tremendous velocity on Saturday."
Trailing by 11 points with nine minutes remaining, the Dolphins cut the lead to 24- 21 when Horton hooked up with freshman receiver Cameron Abdallah for 10 yards. JU took its first lead of the contest when Horton connected with sophomore Geavon Tribble for 35-yards with 2:45 remaining in the contest. On the game-winning drive, Horton went 4-for-6 for 57 yards, including a nine-yard rush on third and seven, as the Dolphins converted on 3-of-3 third-down conversions.
The selection gives JU its most selections (five) for the weekly conference honor in program history, surpassing the previous mark of four in 2003. Freshman kicker Donovan Curry (ST - Sept. 17), junior receiver Nate Conner (ST - Sept. 24), Horton (Off. - Sept. 24) and sophomore corner Robson Noel (Def. - Oct. 15) round out the previous JU selections this season.
JU (4-3, 4-1) will look for its most road wins in program history when the Dolphins conclude their road schedule at North Greenville on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 7 p.m.