Smith, Dotson, Dabney Voted Football Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Davion Davis, Sam Houston State; Lorran Fonseca, Nicholls. Defensive Player of the Week: Kenny Dotson, Nicholls – Jr. – Defensive Lineman – Plaquemine, La.Dotson registered 3.5 sacks in the win at SFA, totaling eight tackles with 4.0 going for losses. He had 3.0 sacks entering the week to help Nicholls to its No. 2 ranking in the league standings, accounted for minus-22 yards lost while notching two of his sacks on third down. His 3.5 sacks are the most for any player in the conference this year. The Colonel defense limited SFA to 261 yards on offense and 2.6 yards per carry. Honorable Mention: Trent Jackson, McNeese; Raphael Lewis, Houston Baptist; Sam Denmark, Abilene Christian; Juan Jackson, Central Arkansas. Nicholls (8-2, 7-1 SLC) still has a chance to grab a share of the regular season title, capping its regular season at Southeastern Louisiana (5-5, 5-3 SLC) on Thursday at 6 p.m. A win and a Central Arkansas loss would secure a share of the crown for the Colonels. The game will broadcast on Cox Sports TV and ESPN3. Lamar (2-8, 1-7 SLC) hosts McNeese (8-2, 6-2 SLC) on Saturday in the 27th River Bell Classic – the final game of the Southland football season. The rivalry matchup kicks off at 7 p.m. on Eleven Sports and Southland Digital Network. The all-time River Bell series is currently tied at 13-13. Special Teams Player of the Week: Brandon Dabney, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – Manteca, Calif.With Houston Baptist seemingly in control of the game, Brandon Dabney made a momentum changing play that turned the game around. On fourth-down and two from the HBU 30, Dabney broke through the line to block the Huskies’ punt which was recovered in the end zone to tie the game. It was one of two blocks for the LU special teams on the day, as the Cardinals rallied for their first Southland victory of the season, winning 23-16. Offensive Player of the Week: Tahj Smith, Nicholls – Fr. – Running Back – LaPlace, La.Heading into the game with only one carry for his career, the redshirt freshman subbed in after the Colonels’ two starting running backs left the game due to injury. He went on to total 177 yards on 23 carries, which is the second-highest single-game rushing yard total for a Southland player this season. His longest rush of the game was a 33-yarder and he capped his career day with a 20-yard scramble for his first touchdown. Smith was one of two Colonels to eclipse the 100-yard mark (Kyran Irvin – 160) in the win over 34-14 win over Stephen F. Austin as Nicholls finished with 418 yards on the ground.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Tahj Smith and Kenny Dotson, and Brandon Dabney of Lamar are the Southland Conference Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Freshman running back Smith was tabbed Offensive Player of the Week, junior defensive lineman Dotson earned defensive honors and junior defensive back Dabney was named Special Teams Player of the Week. Honorable Mention: Yedidiah Louis, Sam Houston State; Luke Anthony, Abilene Christian; James Tabary, McNeese. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img