SWAC officials seem to like Moussa more than FAMU students do

Photo of FAMU quarterback Jeremy Moussa courtesy of FAMU athletics

Florida A&M quarterback Jeremy Moussa has been named Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) player of the week for the third straight week following the Rattlers’ win vs. West Florida on Saturday.

Some students are saying Moussa didn’t deserve to win based on his individual performance.

FAMU finished the first half tied 3-3, and Moussa didn’t have much to show for himself. But in the second half Moussa threw for three touchdowns securing the victory over West Florida.

FAMU has other offensive weapons other than Moussa who has been contributing to offense. Wide receiver Marcus Riley caught a touchdown and totaled 77 yards receiving. Running back Terrell Jennings ran for 77 yards and a touchdown, including a 73 yard run against West Florida.

Florida A&M graduate Jordan Derr says some people want it to look pretty but other SWAC players might not be as good.

“Some fans may disagree with Moussa winning the award three weeks in a row, but he had just as much responsibility securing the team’s wins,” Derr said.

Moussa has had his struggles throughout the season. Florida A&M student Adontre Johnson believes his struggles in the last few games will help Moussa with his overall confidence as the season goes on.

“If coach Simmons and the team believe his mistakes will cost the team going forward it would be smart to start getting some of them other guys in there to test out the connections with these star receivers,” Johnson said. “FAMU quarterback room is deep and it could be a hidden diamond in there that could take this team to another elite level.”

In week two vs. South Florida Moussa won SWAC Player of the Week honors despite throwing three interceptions in a loss. This left students asking if he really deserved to win player of the week for that game.

FAMU student Christian Lawrence says this decision after seeing the announcement for week two was a “head scratcher” for him.

“Moussa showed his struggles against South Florida and those three interceptions cost us that game. I believe he shouldn’t have won Player of the Week for that week. He bounced back against West Florida throwing three touchdowns but had his struggles in that first half,” Lawrence said.

It’s no secret that the quarterback talent level has gone down in the SWAC conference with the former SWAC player of the year Jackson State’s Shedeur Sanders transferring to University of Colorado. It does leave a question: is Moussa the real deal or is he winning player of the week honors because the talent level isn’t really there in the SWAC as far as offensive players?