In his first start under center for the South Alabama Jaguars, quarterback Cole Garvin delivered the Jags their first win against a ranked opponent. South Alabama beat #19 San Diego State, 42-24, Saturday night at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile.
On Monday, the Sun Belt Conference named Cole Garvin their Week 5 Offensive Player of the Week.
Garvin, a sophomore at South Alabama, threw for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the win over the Aztecs.
The Sun Belt Conference detailed why Garvin won the award on their website:
Making his first career start in place of an injured Dallas Davis, Garvin completed 16-of-21 attempts for 242 yards and three touchdowns to lead South Alabama to a 42-24 victory over No. 19 San Diego State. The sophomore’s two second-half scoring passes gave the Jaguars the lead, first with a USA season-long 79 yard throw to Gerald Everett on the second play of the third quarter then with a 20-yard pass to Josh Magee that put the Jags in front for good with 12 minutes to go in the contest. Garvin’s three touchdown passes were the most by a South quarterback this fall, while his 76.1 completion percentage was the highest ever recorded by a Jaguar against an NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision opponent.
The Jags are back on the practice field this week but will have a week off before their next game. On October 15, South Alabama will travel to play Arkansas State in Jonesboro. However, Garvin will most likely not be under center with the return of starting quarterback Dallas Davis to the line-up, who sat out last week with turf toe.