AFC South High Energy Player of the Week

October, 5, 2010
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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 4:

[+] EnlargeTiquan Underwood
AP Photo/Stephen MortonTiquan Underwood was instrumental in the Jaguars' game-winning drive.
Maurice Jones-Drew ran well. David Garrard made smart and safe throws. Anthony Smith and Gerald Alexander combined on a couple of takeaways. And Josh Scobee boomed a 59-yard field goal as time expired to give Jacksonville an upset over the Colts at EverBank Field on Sunday.

The one significant contributor we haven’t talked about a lot who did a great deal to spark the final scenario was receiver and return man Tiquan Underwood.

He brought Pat McAfee's kickoff back 29 yards to the Jaguars’ 23-yard line with 48 seconds left in regulation, then was the target on all four of Garrard’s throws on the final drive.

Underwood accounted for 28 of the team’s 36 yards that positioned Scobee for the game-winning kick, including a 22-yard reception in which he got between Indianapolis defensive backs Jacob Lacey and Antoine Bethea to make the catch on the left sideline and get out of bounds to stop the clock.

The second-year receiver was a seventh-round draft pick from Rutgers and qualifies as Jacksonville’s deep threat. But the Jaguars conceded in this game that Garrard wasn’t going to throw the ball down the field effectively, and kept him in his comfort zone with short stuff.

Another second-year receiver, Mike Thomas, is better suited to such an approach and he was targeted seven times, leading the team with five catches for 68 yards. Garrard looked to Underwood five times, connecting on three of the attempts.

The 22-yarder at the end was the team’s longest pass play of the game.

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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