INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – For the second time in his career, junior running back Jacob Earl has been named the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Offensive Player of the Week, picking up the award on Monday afternoon.
The Tangier, Ind.-native was a force for the Grizzlies on Saturday in a 55-28 win over Defiance, totaling 270 yards and scoring a trio of touchdowns in the opening half. Earl racked up a career-high 158 yards on 15 carries while catching six balls for a personal-best 112 yards in the win. His three scoring plays came in the first half, the first on a 12-yard run in the first quarter followed by 31 and 46-yard catches in the second period.
Following his performance, Earl sits second in the league with 117.6 yards per game and eight rushing touchdowns. His 7.6 yards per carry is tops among all running backs in the HCAC and he enters week seven with 588 yards on 77 carries.
Earl was named HCAC Offensive Player of the Week for the first time in his career on Oct. 9, 2017 following a four-touchdown performance against Earlham. It marks the second straight week a member of the Franklin offense is taking home the weekly conference award with Ben Fleet taking honors a week ago.
Franklin heads to Cincinnati, Ohio on Saturday (Oct. 13) for a meeting with the Mount St. Joseph Lions in a battle of unbeaten teams in HCAC play. Kick-off is set for 1:30 p.m.