UAPB Football LB Peppers Earns Pair Of Honors; Golden Lions Ranked #25th In FCS Coaches Poll
Linebacker Isaac Peppers of the SWAC Western Division Champion University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff football team earned a pair of accolades this week for his play in the Golden Lions 36-31 win over Prairie View A&M.
Peppers was named SWAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season and earned honorable mention recognition as the Stats Perform FCS National Defensive Player of the Week.
Peppers (6-0, 205; Jr, Greenville, Miss.) had a dominant performance in the Golden Lions’ 36-31 win over Prairie View A&M which clinched the division title for UAPB. He recorded six tackles, with a career-high 3.5 sacks and a career-high 4.0 tackles for loss and a forced fumble leading to a turnover in the win.
Peppers recorded a sack Prairie View A&M’s third offensive play of the game which served as a precursor for the contest. On the Panthers’ first play of the third quarter, Peppers’ sack and forced fumble was recovered by teammate Timon Akins, resulting in a UAPB field goal.
On PVAMU’s next possession, Peppers combined with JaVonn Gray for a sack on third down, forcing a Panthers’ punt.
Peppers later sealed the win for the Golden Lions, as his sack on the final play of the game closed the door on the UAPB win and first division title since 2012.
Peppers, who is second on the team with 27 tackles, leads the SWAC in forced fumbles (three), ranks second in the league in sacks with 5.5, and is fourth in tackles for loss with 6.5.
POLL POSITIONS: UAPB Football continues to earn national recognition in the spring football season.
The Golden Lions are now ranked #25 in the FCS Coaches Poll, one day after entering the Stats Perform FCS Top Poll at #24.
In both the BOXTOTOW FCS HBCU Coaches and Media Polls, the Golden Lions are ranked second behind Alabama A&M, the SWAC Eastern Division Champion.
The Golden Lions conclude the regular season this Saturday, hosting Texas Southern at 3 p.m. at Simmons Bank Field. The UAPB Sports Network Radio broadcast begins at 2:30 p.m. on 99.3 FM The Beat, with a live video stream at uapblionsroar.com/live.
UAPB will then face Alabama A&M on Saturday May 1 in the Cricket Wireless SWAC Football Championship Game Presented by Pepsi Zero at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.