Story courtesy of the Southland Conference
Photo courtesy of Sam Houston State Athletics
FRISCO, Texas – Sam Houston State junior running back Timothy Flanders was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. Central Arkansas graduate student linebacker was named the defensive player of the week while Northwestern State senior kicker John Shaughnessy was named the conference’s special teams player of the week.
Offensive Player of the Week: Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State
Flanders ran for 131 yards and four touchdowns on 16 carries to lead Sam Houston to a 56-7 victory at Lamar last Saturday. The junior from Midwest City, Okla. (Midwest City H.S.), scored on runs of 7, 1, 59 and 10 yards. His four touchdowns is one short of the school record five he totaled in an overtime win at New Mexico last year. His 59-yard score is the third longest of his career and marked his seventh career touchdown run of more than 50 yards. It was his 20th career 100-yard rushing performance. Flanders moved up to No. 3 in Southland career rushing touchdowns (47) and total touchdowns (50) and No. 6 in Southland all-time rushing yards (3,395).
Honorable Mention: Jesse Grandy, Central Arkansas; Marcus Wiltz, McNeese State; Brady Attaway, Stephen F. Austin.
Defensive Player of the Week: Seth Allison, Central Arkansas
Allison intercepted two second-half passes to help the Bears hand Southeastern Louisiana its first conference loss of the year. The graduate student from Stuttgart, Ark. (Stuttgart H.S.), had his first interception in the third quarter and returned his second pick 43 yards in the fourth quarter. He also recorded eight tackles, including seven solo stops, in the 34-14 win.
Honorable Mention: Jamaal White, Northwestern State; Ryan Bronson, McNeese State; Jesse Beauchamp, Sam Houston State.
Special Teams Player of the Week: John Shaughnessy, Northwestern State
Shaughnessy nailed two 42-yard field goals in the fourth quarter to lift Northwestern State to a 27-26 win over Nicholls State. The senior from Shreveport, La. (Byrd H.S.), has made 12 of 15 field goals this year, including 7 of 9 from beyond 40 yards. He has also made 25 of his last 30 kicks and 11 of his last 13 field goals of 40 yards or longer. His kickoffs were precise last Saturday, limiting the Colonels to a return average of just 14.8 yards.
Honorable Mention: Eddie Camara, Central Arkansas; Miguel Antonio, Sam Houston State.
Each school’s sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.