Offensive Player of the Year
Thomas Ricks - Southern University
Senior Season (2004) Ricks finished off a terrific senior season by leading the Southern Jaguars to an 8-4 overall record and second consecutive trip to the SWAC Championship Game & "TR" led the Jaguars in rushing, with 694 yards and 9 touchdowns on 144 carries & The 6-4, 220 pound LaPlace, LA. native, led the SWAC in total offense, total offensive TD's, and total offensive yards; while finishing 6th in the SWAC in rushing, and 7th in scoring (TD'S) & Ricks finished the 2004 season with the second-best passing season in Southern University history (2,786 yards and 24 TDs) ... He also had four 100-yard rushing
games in the last five games ... TR threw for 5 touchdwons in a game, twice this season, and threw for 3 touchdowns three other times & Ricks also had a hand in 3,566 yards and 34 TDs - along with four successful fourth-quarter rallies & Also caught 1 pass for a 55 yard touchdown versus Alabama State & Ranked 10 in NCAA I-AA in total offense & Ranked 42nd in NCAA I-AA in Passing Efficiency and 98th in rushing.