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Jennings, Welton toast of SIAC in Week 1

Stanley Jennings passed for three touchdowns in Albany State's win against Kentucky State Saturday.

Stanley Jennings passed for three touchdowns in Albany State's win against Kentucky State Saturday.

ALBANY -- There are good starts, quick starts and memorable starts.

The Albany State Rams had all three Saturday night at Kentucky State, where they kicked off their season with a 42-12 victory that not only set the tone for the season but also for the SIAC.

And that big start -- for two of the newest Rams -- paid even more dividends Monday.

ASU first-year starting quarterback Stanley Jennings was named the SIAC Offensive Player of the Week and running back Robert Welton, who rushed for two TDs and gained 63 yards on 11 carries, was named the SIAC's Newcomer of the Week.

"It was pretty exciting (to find out I'd won)," Jennings said Monday. "I was surprised."

Albany State's Prathon Wilkerson was on the SIAC's honorable mention list for defensive player of the week after he stepped up in the opener and scored on a 7-yard interception return.

Jennings had been battling it out with Wayne Campbell for the starting job all spring and summer. The idea was too give both quarterbacks the opportunity to win the job against Kentucky State.

Jennings was more than impressive. He took over the game and finished with 267 yards in the air and another 27 yards on the ground. He was accurate all night, completing 13-of-19 passes and tossing three TDs.

Jennings threw a 58-yard TD pass to LiRonnie Davis, a 39-yard TD pass to Ronnie Childs just as the first half ended to lift Albany State to a 21-6 halftime lead.

Jennings threw his final TD pass with 10:34 left in the third quarter with a 35-yard strike to Octavius Staton.

Welton also had a memorable night. He rushed for two touchdowns, and finished the night gaining 63 yards on 11 carries for a 5.7 average.

"We had a real good camp this summer," Jennings said. "We were working real hard and the offensive line has great chemistry. Give the credit to the offensive line.''

He is also the BoxToRow Player of the Week.

BoxToRow is a sports talk radio show that places emphasis on HBCU sports.

"I guess (I took charge) right after they put (Cambpell) in for a couple of series and then put me back in,'' Jenning said. "When I went back in I felt like I had to prove myself.''

" I felt pretty good, but we still have to (work) on some thing. We've been playing together for three weeks. We have to step up.''

The Rams will have time. They have a bye week this week before hosting Clark Atlanta for their home opener Sept. 11.