ACU’s Fink, LU’s Lawson, UCA’s Ray Named Football Players of the Week

first_imgHonorable Mention: Shelton Eppler, Northwestern State; Chase Fourcade, Nicholls; Tyler Hudson, Central Arkansas. Special Teams Player of the Week: Hayden Ray, Central Arkansas – Jr. – Kicker – Bryant, Ark.Ray converted on field-goal attempts from 34, 39, 25 and 39 yards and his two kicks in the final eight minutes helped seal the 40-31 decision over the Cowboys. The Bryant. Ark., native is 9-for-9 on field-goal attempts and 17-of-18 on extra-point tries this season. Lawson is the Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Cardinals (4-3, 2-2 SLC) with 10 tackles in their second-straight win over a nationally-ranked Sam Houston State squad. After topping the No. 14 Bearkats 41-23 in 2018, LU needed three overtimes to earn a 20-17 win over No. 25 SHSU on Saturday. The Cardinals travel to UIW for a 4 p.m. kickoff on Saturday. Ray picks up his second Special Teams Player of the Week award after a perfect night of kicking for the Bears (4-2, 2-1), converting all four field goal attempts and each of his four extra-point tries in UCA’s 40-31 win over McNeese. The Bears are back in action at 6 p.m. Saturday at Northwestern State. Honorable Mention: Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Ashton Preston, UIW; Trevor Williams, Sam Houston State. Offensive Player of the Week: Josh Fink, Abilene Christian – Sr. – Wide Receiver – Coppell, TexasFink put the Wildcats on the board on their first drive with a 12-yard touchdown reception, his fourth on the year and 13th of his career. He and teammate Kobe Clark, who caught nine passes for 107 yards, became the first ACU duo to finish a game with 100 yards each in four seasons. Defensive Player of the Week: Michael Lawson, Lamar – Jr. – Defensive Back – Patterson, Calif.Lawson tallied five solo and five assisted tackles and picked off two passes, including the game-sealing play in the third overtime. On Sam Houston State’s second play, Lawson got in front of Ty Brock’s pass at the 17-yard line. His first interception stopped the Bearkats at midfield with five minutes remaining in regulation. Among his 10 tackles, two came on third downs.center_img FRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Josh Fink, Lamar’s Michael Lawson and Central Arkansas’ Hayden Ray earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Honorable Mention: Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Gage Graham, Abilene Christian; Jordan Jackson, Nicholls. Fink’s 12 receptions tied for the seventh-most in single-game program history and moved him to No. 4 on the school’s all-time receptions list (159). He also became the 10th Wildcat to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark (2,001). Fink garners Offensive Player of the Week honors after hauling in a single-game career-high 12 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Wildcats’ (3-4, 2-3 SLC) 45-20 win over Houston Baptist on Saturday. Seeking back-to-back wins for the first time this fall, ACU will celebrate its Homecoming festivities against Stephen F. Austin at 3 p.m. Saturday. 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

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