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FOUR SCHOOLS HAVE WINNERS OF LSWA POW HONORS



November 11, 2013


BATON ROUGE – As the season begins to get to its crucial point, big performances by Louisiana college players led to important victories for their teams and it resulted in four different schools having Louisiana Sports Writers Association players of the week.

Mike Jones of Southern (offense), Justin Anderson of Louisiana-Lafayette and Adarius Barnes of Louisiana Tech (defense) and Diontae Spencer of McNeese (special teams) took the honors as voted by a state panel of LSWA members.

Here are the capsules for the winners:

OFFENSE

MIKE JONES – SOUTHERN – WR, So., Bryan, Texas

Mike Jones, a two-sport athlete at Southern, put his track speed on full display turning in a 211-yard, 3 TD performance in the Jaguars 31-28 win over Alabama State Saturday. Jones had TD scores of 68, 74 and 13 to produce the second three touchdown game by a Jaguar receiver this season.

DEFENSE

JUSTIN ANDERSON – LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE – Sr., LB

Posted his fifth double-figure tackle game of the season, making five solo and 10 total tackles in Louisiana's 41-36 win over Troy. Anderson raised his season total to 95 tackles, allowing him to lead the Sun Belt and rank 12th nationally in tackles. Anderson has 95 tackles for the season.

ADARIUS BARNES – LOUISIANA TECH -- So., Port Gibson, Miss.

For the second consecutive game a Louisiana Tech defensive back recorded two interceptions in a contest as Louisiana Tech shut down Southern Miss, 36-13, in the 45th meeting of a Rivalry in Dixie. Barnes notched two of LA Tech’s four interceptions in the game and had a third pick fall through his hands. The sophomore added two total tackles to his credit in the game.

SPECIAL TEAMS

DIONTAE SPENCER –MCNEESE – Sr., KO/P return, New Iberia, La.

In 69-38 win over SFA, set or tied 10 school, Southland Conference and FCS records with 2 kickoff returns for touchdowns and 1 punt return for a TD… compiled 365 all-purpose yards, a single-game school and possible SLC record… had KO return scores of 93 and 85 yards in back-to-back returns, and punt return for TD of 35 yards… three combined return TDs ties FCS record while setting a school and SLC record… 2 KOR TDs ties SLC record.





GRAMBLING GETS WIN AND POW HONOR ALONG WITH ULM, SOUTHEASTERN, NICHOLLS ATHLETES


November 4, 2013


BATON ROUGE – A big win for Grambling State University earned for the Tigers their first Louisiana college player of the week honors in the weekly announcement Monday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Johnathon Williams, in his first start at quarterback, helped Grambling snap a 12-game losing streak, accounting for seven touchdowns. Williams shared offensive POW honors with another I-20 quarterback, Kolton Browning of ULM.

Southeastern defensive back Theo Alexander was named defensive POW, while the special teams honor went to Carey Fortson of Nicholls.

Here are the capsules on the winners:

OFFENSE

KOLTON BROWNING – ULM – QB, Sr.

Kolton Browning tied career-highs in TD passes (five) and TDs responsible for (six) as ULM claimed a 49-37 win at Troy… Browning completed 21 of his 31 passes for 354 yards and no interceptions… It marked the second straight week that Browning did not throw an interception… Browning hit a pair of receivers for 50+ yard TD passes (60 – Ajalen Holley; 55 – Rashon Ceaser)… He became the first Warhawk in program history to have two different games in which he threw five TDs (other occurrence: North Texas, 2010)… His 354 passing yards rank as his third highest total during his time in a Warhawk uniform (ranks 22nd in program history)… His 31 passing attempts put him in the top spot in career attempts with 1,486 attempts as he passed Steven Jyles who had 1,473 from 2002-05.

JOHNATHON WILLIAMS – GRAMBLING, QB

Grambling State snapped a 12-game losing streak with a 47-40 win over Mississippi Valley State … Johnathan Williams accounted for seven touchdowns to help GSU hold off MVSU. He tallied 319 of the Tigers' 407 total yards. Williams threw five touchdown passes and rushed for two while putting GSU ahead 40-24, its largest lead, on a quarterback sneak with one quarter remaining ... Williams completed 18-of-31 passes for 265 yards while connecting with 10 different receivers. He also rushed for 54 yards on 15 carries.

DEFENSE

THEO ALEXANDER – SOUTHEASTERN – Sr., DB, St. Louis, Mo.

Alexander accounted for two of the three turnovers forced by the Lion defense in a 41-7 win at No. 4/7 McNeese State on Saturday. The senior recovered a fumble to set up the game’s first score and also intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter. Alexander was a key part of a Lion unit that held the high-powered Cowboys to 191 yards – nearly 300 yards under its season average.

SPECIAL TEAM

CAREY FORTSON – NICHOLLS – WR, Sr., Longview, Texas

After having several close calls this season, senior Carey Fortson finally broke free on a kick return as he scored on a 94-yarder in the second quarter against Lamar. Fortson juked and bounced his way past several Cardinals before finding an open lane close to midfield. The kick return for the touchdown was the first for Nicholls this season and first since 2011.





THREE SCHOOLS SHARE LSWA HONORS IN FOOTBALL


OCTOBER 29, 2013 


BATON ROUGE – For the second straight week, three different schools have divided up the football player of the week honors as handed out by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Quarterback Bryan Bennett of Southeastern was the offensive recipient, while Sam Scofield of Tulane was the defensive POW with Louisiana Tech place kicker Kyle Fischer of Louisiana Tech the choice as special teams’ player.

Here are the capsules:

OFFENSE

BRYAN BENNETT – SOUTHEASTERN – QB, Jr., Granada Hills, Calif.

Bennett was the engineer of a Lion offense that racked up 566 total yards versus the Southland Conference’s top-ranked defense in a 56-34 win over Lamar. The junior threw for 237 yards and touchdowns to Jeff Smiley and Marquis Fruge’ on 15 of 21 passing in the victory. He also led a Southeastern rushing attack that posted 310 yards on the ground, finishing with 95 yards on 11 carries.

DEFENSE

SAM SCOFIELD – TULANE – Safety, Jr., Lafayette, La.

Junior strong safety Sam Scofield posted a career-high 18 tackles (14 solo, 4 assists), the most by a Conference USA player this season, to go with 1.5 tackles for loss, two pass break-ups and a forced fumble in Tulane’s 14-7 over Tulsa last week at the at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Scofield’s effort helped Tulane secure its sixth win of the year to make the Green Wave bowl eligible for the first time since 2002 and also snapped a string of eight straight losses to Tulsa. Tulane also remained undefeated and in a tie with Rice for first place in the C-USA West Division. Scofield had a hand in big play after big play against the defending C-USA Champions, whether in coverage or stopping the run. He nearly came up with a pair of interceptions and twice recorded a tackles behind a line of scrimmage from his safety spot. With Tulsa driving near the midway part of the fourth quarter, Scofield stripped the ball from a Tulsa receiver at the Tulane 40-yard line to turn back the Hurricane.

SPECIAL TEAMS

KYLE FISCHER – LOUISIANA TECH -- So., Frisco, Texas (Frisco HS)

Kyle Fischer successfully made a school record five field goals Saturday in Louisiana Tech’s 23-7 win over FIU. Fischer’s five field goals matches the most field goals made by a Conference USA kicker this year (along with Tulane’s Cairo Santos) and the most field goals made by a Conference USA kicker this year in a regulation game. Fischer also handled kickoffs for the Bulldogs, averaging 62.4 yards on his seven kickoffs.





MCNEESE, LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE AND SOUTHEASTERN SPLIT LSWA HONORS THIS PAST WEEK 


OCTOBER 21, 2013


BATON ROUGE – A McNeese running back, a Louisiana Lafayette linebacker and a kick returner from Southeastern split the state player of the week honors in college football as chosen by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

McNeese’s Marcus Wiltz helped the Cowboys on offense to a 31-23 win over Sam Houston State in a Southland battle, while linebacker Justin Anderson had a big night for Louisiana-Lafayette in the Cajuns rallying win over Western Kentucky. Southeastern’s Xavier Roberson used a 92-yard kickoff return to start a big second half in the Lions’ win at Northwestern State in a key SLC clash.

Here are the capsules on the winners:

OFFENSE

MARCUS WILTZ – MCNEESE – RB, Sr., Cecilia, La.

Won over Sam Houston State, 31-23 … Topped 100 yards rushing for the second straight game after he rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown in a win over 2nd ranked Sam Houston State on Saturday … Averaged 5.8 yards a carry … his 4-yard TD run late in the third quarter gave the Cowboys a 21-9 lead. Had 85 yards rushing on 9 carries in the first half… three rushes for 10 or more yards on the night and two that went for 20 or more yards.

DEFENSE

JUSTIN ANDERSON – LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE – Sr. LB, Foley, Ala.

Anderson proved to be a wrecking crew against WKU, setting a career high for the third time this season with 16 tackles (11 solo) while forcing and recovering two fumbles and making two TFL (-3). With the Cajuns trailing 13-7, he stripped the ball away from Hilltopper receiver Mitchell Henry on a converted fourth down pass and returned the fumble 45 yards to set up the go ahead touchdown. With the Cajuns ahead, 23-13 in the third quarter, he picked Henry again, stealing the ball moments after he caught it to give the ball back to Louisiana-Lafayette. On the next play, Terrance Broadway threw a 24-yards TD pass to Jacob Maxwell to put the game away.

SPECIAL TEAMS

XAVIER ROBERSON – SOUTHEASTERN – RB/KR, So. Atlanta, Ga.

Roberson’s 92-yard kickoff return for a touchdown ignited a 30-6 second half for Southeastern, allowing the Lions to pull away for a 37-22 win at Northwestern State. Robertson, who came in as the FCS national leader in kickoff return average, returned his school record fourth kickoff for a touchdown and took his second kickoff return for a score back this season.



SOUTHEASTERN, ULM AND TULANE FOOTBALL PLAYERS EARN LSWA POW HONORS


OCTOBER 14, 2013


BATON ROUGE – Winning efforts for Southeastern, ULM and Tulane resulted in their football players being chosen Players of the Week announced Monday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Southeastern quarterback Bryan Bennett was the offensive POW after an impressive effort in a 56-14 win over Stephen F. Austin in the Southland Conference opener. Isaiah Newsome of ULM returned two interceptions for touchdowns in the Warhawks 21-14 win over Texas State for defensive honors and Cairo Santos walked out on the first play in triple overtime and made the game winning field goal against East Carolina for Tulane to earn special team honors.

Here are the capsules on the winners this week:

OFFENSE

BRYAN BENNETT – SOUTHEASTERN – QB, Jr., Encino, Calif.

Bennett put together his best game in the Lion, as Southeastern rolled past Stephen F. Austin, 56-14, in the Southland Conference opener for both teams. Bennett posted season highs of 337 yards and four touchdowns on 13 of 20 passing. Bennett also threw three of the 10 longest passing touchdowns in school history in the win, connecting with Chris Malott (85 yards), Tony McCrea (82 yards) and Marquis Fruge’ (77 yards) on scoring tosses. He also led the Lions with 72 rushing yards, including his team-high seventh rushing touchdown of the season.

DEFENSE

ISAIAH NEWSOME – ULM – Sr., Safety

Isaiah Newsome became just the second player in both ULM and Sun Belt Conference history to return two interceptions for touchdowns in the same game… His two interceptions tied a career-high (2, at Florida Atlantic, Dec. 3, 2011)… The Petal, Miss., native finished with 146 return yards as he set two new Sun Belt Conference records in interception return yards (146) and interception return average (73.0)… Newsome’s first quarter interception of 71 yards gave ULM a 7-0 lead with 6:09 remaining… At the time it was the sixth-long interception return (scoring or non-scoring in program history)… In the third quarter, Newsome returned an interception 75 yards for a score to replace his earlier interception as the sixth-longest in program history…. His second interception return for a TD (a career-long of 75 yards) on the night gave ULM a 14-0 lead… Newsome earned a spot on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 for his two defensive scores ... ULM beats Texas State, 21-14

SPECIAL TEAMS

CAIRO SANTOS – TULANE – Kicker, Brasilia, Brazil

Tulane senior All-America kicker Cairo Santos tied a school single record with five made field goals, including the game-winner from 42 yards, in the Green Wave’s 36-33 triple overtime win over East Carolina on Saturday. After East Carolina’s Warren Harvey missed a 34-yarder on ECU’s first possession of the third overtime period, Tulane head coach Curtis Johnson didn’t hesitate in sending the 2012 Lou Groza Award winner onto the field for the Green Wave’s first play of the third overtime. For the game, Santos connected from 42 yards three times, 43 yards and 28 yards while his only miss was from 55 yards. He is now 12-of-16 on the year and has back-to-back games with game-winning field goals after connecting on a 27-yard field goal against North Texas as time expired two weeks ago. Santos also sent five of his six kickoffs into the back of the end zone and allowed the Pirates just one kickoff return on the day. Santos has allowed opponents just eight kickoff returns this season. He has sent 28 of his 38 kickoffs into the back of the end zone, while two have gone out of bounds.





LSU QB AND TULANE TOUCHDOWN RETURNEES EARN LSWA POW HONORS


OCTOBER 7 2013 


BATON ROUGE – LSU Tiger quarterback Zach Mettenberger and Tulane’s Lorenzo Doss and Derrick Strozier who both returned opponent’s plays for touchdowns earned Monday’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association Player of the Week honors.

Mettenberger threw for 340 yards and two TDs in LSU’s 59-26 win over Mississippi State to earn offensive honors while Lorenzo Doss, a Green Wave cornerback, returned an interception for a score in a 24-21 win over North Texas to capture defensive honors. Meanwhile, Derrick Strozier of Tulane became the first player in Tulane history to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown in the same game against North Texas.

Here are the capsules:


OFFENSE

ZACH METTENBERGER – LSU -- QB, Sr., Watkinsville, Ga.

Threw for 340 yards and 2 TDs in leading LSU to a 59-26 win over Mississippi State … Completed a career-high 25 passes on 29 attempts in engineering the Tiger offense to 563 total yards and eight touchdowns … His .860 completion percentage is the fourth-highest total for a QB in school history in a game with at least 20 attempts … Became only the fourth QB in school history, and the first since Matt Flynn in 2007, to have 300-yards passing in back-to-back games … The 59 points were the most for the Tigers in an SEC game since scoring 63 against Kentucky in 1997 … LSU has scored 30 points or more in all six games – a first in school history … LSU has also gone over 400 yards of total offense in all six games, another first in LSU history … LSU outscored Mississippi State 31-3 in the second half after leading 28-23 at halftime … Has more passing TDs (15) and passing yards (1,738) than any player in LSU history through the first six games of a season and he’s on pace to break the single-season school record in both marks.


DEFENSE

LORENZO DOSS – TULANE – CB – So., New Orleans, La.

Sophomore cornerback Lorenzo Doss came up with a pair of interceptions and returned one for a score in last Saturday’s 24-21 Conference USA win over North Texas. Doss recorded his first in the opening quarter and then tacked on his second and returned it 67 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and gave the Green Wave a 21-7 lead. For Doss, the picks were his third and fourth of the season and he now has nine for his career, which ranks tied for 10th among TU’s career leaders. Doss also added three stops on the day.


SPECIAL TEAMS

DERRICK STROZIER – TULANE – CB, Sr., Orlando, Fla.

Sophomore nickel back Derrick Strozier made history in last week’s 24-21 Conference USA victory over North Texas. Strozier became the first player in the 119-year history of Tulane football to return a blocked field goal for a touchdown. Tulane sophomore Darion Monroe blocked North Texas’ Zach Paul’s 38-yard attempt and Strozier picked up the loose ball and raced 62-yards untouched for a third quarter touchdown that broke the game open and gave the Wave a 14-7 lead. Strozier also added a team-best seven tackles on the day.



STRONG PERFORMANCES ON OFFENSE HIGHLIGHT LSWA POW HONOREES


September 30, 2013


BATON ROUGE – Two of the best offensive performances in the state headline this week’s winners of the state college football player of the week honors as announced on Monday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Tuskani Figaro of Nicholls, the sophomore quarterback from Lafayette, set a school rushing record with 281 yards in a 44-34 win over Arkansas Tech, while LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for a career-best 372 yards in a 44-41 loss to Georgia. The pair earned offensive POW honors.

Jordan Batiste of Tulane, who had the best game of his young career in the Green Wave’s win at ULM, and ULM punt returner Rashon Ceaser were the other winners.


Here are the capsules on the winners this week:

OFFENSE

TUSKANI FIGARO – NICHOLLS – QB, So., Lafayette, La.

In his first career start, a 44-34 win over Arkansas Tech, Figaro broke the Colonels single-game rushing record with 281 yards to lead Nicholls to its third win of the season. Figaro was responsible for five of the Colonels six touchdowns, throwing for a career-high three TDs while also rushing for two scores. With Nicholls leading by three points late in the fourth quarter, Figaro put the game away with an 88-yard touchdown run. Carried 21 times for the 281 rushing yards, completed 10 of 20 passes for 94 yards.


ZACH METTENBERGER – LSU -- QB

Threw for a career-best 372 yards and 3 TDs in 44-41 loss to Georgia … Helped LSU offense rack up 449 total yards and convert on 10-of-15 third-down opportunities … Has thrown for 13 TDs in 5 games, one more than he threw all of last year.


DEFENSE


JORDAN BATISTE – TULANE – CB, So., Gramercy, La.

Batiste came through with the best overall game of his young career and helped Tulane to a convincing 31-14 road win at ULM … Batiste led the Green Wave defense with eight tackles (6 solo), including his first career sack, and was responsible for two of the team’s five turnovers against the Warhawks with one forced fumble, which was returned for a touchdown by teammate Dominique Robertson, and he also had one interception, one pass break-up and two quarterback hurries ... Batiste helped his defensive teammates hold ULM to just 293 yards of total offense.


SPECIAL TEAMS

RASHON CEASER – ULM -- WR / PR, Sophomore, ULM

ULM’s Rashon Ceaser recorded his first career punt return for a touchdown in Saturday’s contest against Tulane… His career-long 88-yard punt return came in the third quarter of Saturday night’s game at Malone Stadium… Ceaser is the first Warhawk to record a punt return for a touchdown since Mikkal Henry returned a punt 53 yards for a score against Troy on Nov. 10, 2001… Ceaser finished the night with three punt returns for 97 yards… He also caught four passes for 45 yards… Ceaser is currently leading the Sun Belt Conference in punt return yardage with an average of 17.3 yards per return… His 97 total punt return yards are a season-high among SBC punt returners and he is one of three SBC players to return a punt for a TD this season… Ceaser’s 88-yard return is the fifth longest punt return in SBC history.



LSU RUNNING BACK, MCNEESE LB AND ULM PUNTER SHARE LSWA HONORS


SEPT. 23, 2013


BATON ROUGE – An LSU running back who rushed for a career high, a safety who moved to linebacker for McNeese and a punter with a career game from ULM was named the Louisiana college Players of the Week Monday as selected by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

Jeremy Hill rushed for 184 yards and three scores in LSU’s 35-21 win over Auburn to earn Offensive POW honors, while Wallace Scott, moved from safety to linebacker last week at McNeese, took an interception back for a score in the Cowboys 43-6 win over Weber State to earn defensive honors. Meanwhile, punter Justin Manton of ULM had a career long punt of 77 yards, in earning special teams honors.

Here are the capsules on the winners:


OFFENSE

JEREMY HILL – LSU – RB, So., Baton Rouge, La.

Rushed for career-highs of 184 yards and 3 TDs on 25 carries in 35-21 win over Auburn … Scored TDs the first two times he touched the ball – going 49 yards on the first TD and then followed that with a 12-yard scamper on his next carry – both coming in the first five minutes of the game. … Scored his third TD on a 6-yard run in the third quarter to stretch the LSU lead to 28-7 … Added a 54-yard run down to the Auburn 1-yard line early in the second quarter that led to another LSU score and a 21-0 advantage … Averaged 7.4 yards per carry … Overall, LSU racked up 457 total yards (228 rushing, 229 passing) in the contest … Hill’s 184 rushing yards were the most by an LSU Tiger since Alley Broussard set the school record with 250 yards against Ole Miss in 2004.


DEFENSE

WALLACE SCOTT – MCNEESE – Scott, who was moved from safety to linebacker last week due to the lack of depth at the position, finished the game with three tackles, but it was his 69-yard interception return for a touchdowns that changed the momentum of the game early on as that score began a string of 43 straight points scored by the Cowboys on their way to a 43-6 win over Weber State. It was Scott’s first career interception and score…Had 3 tackles.


SPECIAL TEAMS

JUSTIN MANTON – ULM – Jr., K/P

Justin Manton set a career-high with a 77-yard punt in ULM’s non-conference tilt at No. 19 Baylor… His 77-yard boot is tied for the second-longest punt in ULM history (John Kelly, 77 yards, at McNeese State, 1962)… Manton finished the game with nine punts for 479 yards (53.2 avg) with three touchbacks and one inside the 20… Manton also kicked off two times for 130 yards (65.0 avg) and two touchbacks.





PLAYERS FROM FIVE SCHOOLS SHARE LSWA POW HONORS IN TIGHTEST VOTING OF YOUNG SEASON


Sept. 16, 2013


BATON ROUGE – On a week of some of the best performances of the early season, five different players shared in Louisiana college football Player of the Week honors announced on Monday by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.


Dray Joseph of Southern threw for six touchdowns in a thrilling come-from-behind double overtime win for the Jaguars over Prairie View to get offensive honors. The panel of LSWA voters could not separate the defensive players as Daniel Cobb of Louisiana Tech, Ego Ferguson of LSU and Julius Warmsley of Tulane all shares the honor. Xavier Roberson of Southeastern Louisiana was named the special teams POW.


Here are the capsules on the winners:

OFFENSE

DRAY JOSEPH – SOUTHERN -- QB, SR, Edgard, La.

Southern wins, 62-59 in 2 OT versus Prairie View … completed 30-48, 480 yards, 6 TDs, 0 INTs, (Completed passes to 11 different receivers ... Dray Joseph turned in a performance for the age when Southern needed it. The West St. John product led Southern to a 62-59 double overtime win over Prairie View A&M tossing 6 TDs in route to erasing a 35-13 third quarter deficit. Joseph's 480 passing yards was the 400-yard performance since Bryant Lee passed for 407 yards in 2008 in a home loss to Florida A&M.

with 46 seconds to play.


DEFENSE

DANIEL COBB – LOUISIANA TECH – LB, Sr. Killeen, Texas

Louisiana Tech linebacker Daniel Cobb led all defenders on Thursday night with 12 total tackles (four solo, eight assisted) as the Bulldogs hosted Tulane in the program’s first Conference USA game. Despite a 24-15 loss, Cobb was swarming all over the field with his 12 tackles added to 2.0 tackles for a loss of five yards, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery while also being credited with a QB hurry. Cobb enters the fourth week of play ranked second in the nation and first in C-USA in total tackles for a loss per game (2.7) and first in the nation in overall tackles for a loss (8.0). He is also tied for ninth in the league in total tackles on the year.


EGO FERGUSON – LSU – DE, Jr., Mims, Fla.

Led LSU with 8 tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss and a sack in the 45-13 win over Kent State … The eight tackles set a career-high for the first-year starter … Anchored an LSU defense that held Kent State to just 58 rushing yards and 248 total yards … LSU held Kent State to 4-of-14 on third-down conversions and just 1.8 yards per rush.


JULIUS WARMSLEY – TULANE – DT, sr., Baton Rouge, La.

5 tackles, 3 for loss of 21 yds, 1 sack for 16 yards … Senior defensive tackle Julius Warmsley played a key role in leading Tulane to a 24-15 victory on the road in the Conference USA opener at Louisiana Tech. Warmsley accounted for five tackles, all solo, including three stops for lost yardage and one sack, and he led a defensive unit that held the Bulldogs to under 300 yards of total offense ... His sack and ensuring forced fumble led to a late score that allowed Tulane to put the game away


SPECIAL TEAMS

XAVIER ROBERSON – SOUTHEASTERN – RB, So., Atlanta, Ga.

5 kick returns for 192 yards and 1 touchdown … Roberson set a new school record with his third career kickoff return for a touchdown, scoring on an 82-yard return at No. 6 South Dakota State. The Atlanta, Ga. native averaged 38.4 yards per return against the No. 6 Jackrabbits.



LSU, NICHOLLS SHARE LSWA FOOTBALL POW HONORS


SEPT. 9, 2013


BATON ROUGE – LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger and wide receiver/return specialist Odell Beckham, Jr., along with Nicholls State’s T. J. Lumar were named this week’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association’s college football players of the week.

Mettenberger threw for a school record five touchdown passes in the 56-17 win over UAB to win offensive POWE honors, while Beckham had the third best all-purpose total in school history that included a 100-yard return of a missed field goal to take special team honors.

Lumar had nine tackles and a crucial interception in the Colonels’ win, 25-23, over Western Michigan to get the defensive nod of the LSWA voters.


Here are the capsules on the top vote-getters this week:


OFFENSE

ZACH METTENBERGER – LSU – QB, Sr., Watkinsville, Ga.

Completed 16-of-19 passes for 282 yards and a school-record 5 TDs in 56-17 win over UAB … The 5 TDs broke the previous mark of 4, which was set on 11 different occasions … Threw all 5 of his TD passes during the first three quarters of the game … Became first LSU QB to throw three or more TDs in a half since JaMarcus Russell fired three in the first half of the Mississippi State game on Sept. 30, 2006 ... For season, has thrown for 533 yards, 6 TDs and completed 62 percent of his passes (32-of-51) without an interception.


DEFENSE

T. J. LUMAR – NICHOLLS – DB, Sr., Abbeville, La.

Senior safety T. J. Lumar finished with nine tackles and an crucial interception in the Colonels’ win over Western Michigan (25-23) … Following a touchdown in the second quarter that made the score 14-9 Colonels, WMU kicked and recovered an onside kick. Four plays later, Lumar picked off a pass, his second in the series against Western Michigan, and returned it 12 yards to midfield. Nicholls responded by scoring a touchdown on its second play to take a 12-point lead … named Southland Defensive POW.


SPECIAL TEAMS

ODELL BECKHAM, JR. – LSU – WR/RS, Jr., New Orleans, La.

Racked up 331 all-purpose yards – the third-highest total in school history and tied for eighth in SEC history - in LSU’s win over UAB … Became the first player in LSU history to return a missed field goal for a TD as he returned a 59-yard UAB attempt 109 yards (statistically 100 yards) for a touchdown in the third quarter … It tied for the longest scoring play in LSU history … Finished contest with a total of 4 TDs (3 receiving, 1 return) … Rushed one time for 15 yards, caught 5 passes for 136 yards, returned 3 punts for 59 yards, including a 60-yarder that setup a TD, returned one kickoff 21 yards and returned the missed field goal 100 yards for his 331 all-purpose yards.


McNeese Pair, LSU kicker first LSWA Players of the Week

Sept. 2, 2013


BATON ROUGE – Off a most impressive win against FBS member South Florida, McNeese State grabbed two of the three honors Monday in the inaugural voting for college players of the week in the state of Louisiana as conducted by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.

The other honor went to a freshman kicker from LSU after the Tigers win in the Cowboys Classic in Arlington, Texas over TCU.

McNeese on the road defeated South Florida, 53-21, and the FCS school was rewarded with the state’s offensive honor going to tight end Nic Jacobs and cornerback Guy Morgan who won the defensive honors. Colby Delahoussaye of LSU earned 13 points in his collegiate debut to get the special teams honor.


Here are the capsules on the winner:

OFFENSE

NIC JACOBS – MCNEESE -- TE, 6-5, 255, Jr.-TR, Many, LA

In big FCS over FBS 53-21 win at FBS South Florida, had 5 catches, 122 yards, 2 TDs … In Jacobs' first season at McNeese, he set a single-game school record by a tight end with 5 catches and 2 TD receptions... led all receivers with 122 receiving yards... had TD catches of 22 and 78 yards.


DEFENSE

GUY MORGAN – MCNEESE – CB, 6-0, 190, Sr.-2L, Baton Rouge, LA

McNeese defeated South Florida, 53-21, at South Florida … 7 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 INT, TD, PBU … Morgan led the Cowboys with seven tackles including a half tackle for a loss but his big highlight came at the end of the first half when he picked off a South Florida pass and returned it 76 yards for a touchdown to give McNeese a 33-7 lead at the time... also had a pass broken up earlier in the second quarter in a pass that was nearly picked off that may have been returned for a TD.


SPECIAL TEAMS

COLBY DELAHOUSSAYE – LSU -- 5-10 * 169 * Fr. * New Iberia, La.

Kicked three field goals and accounted for 13 points in his collegiate debut in helping LSU to a 37-27 win over No. 20 TCU … Converted field goals of 23, 28, and 23 yards –all in the first half … Walk-on who redshirted last year as a true freshman … TCU contest was first college game of his career.