Southern U. kicker, former WC star Griffin takes Athlete of the Week award

Published 9:24 am Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Joshua Griffin put the “foot” in “football” this season and is the latest winner of The Vicksburg Post’s Athlete of the Week award.

Griffin, a sophomore kicker for Southern University’s football team, received 419 of 672 votes in an online poll by The Vicksburg Post’s readers asking them to pick this season’s top college football player from Warren County.

East Central Community College linebacker T.J. Thompson, a former Warren Central star, received 167 votes and finished second. East Mississippi Community College defensive back and Vicksburg High alum Laurence Sullivan Jr. was third with 72 votes. Tulane linebacker and former Vicksburg High star Nick Anderson finished fourth.

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Griffin was a standout at Warren Central before moving on the Southern. He made 33 of 36 PATS, and 5 of 8 field goals this season, while helping the Jaguars win the Southwestern Athletic Conference West Division championship.

Griffin also had 30 touchbacks on 64 kickoffs. He was named the SWAC Special Teams Player of the Week following a win over Prairie View A&M in October.

Southern will play at Jackson State in the SWAC championship game Saturday at 3 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

Congratulations to Joshua and the other nominees, and thank you to our readers for voting.

The nominees for the Athlete of the Week award are announced each week on Sunday, and voting is open until midnight Tuesday. Links to the poll will be posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as at

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured reporters in the paper's 140-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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