Football Coaches Name Players of the Week
BATON ROUGE — Quarterback Marcus Randall, cornerback Demetrius Hookfin and the kickoff coverage team have been named the LSU Players of the Week following the Tigers’ 38-14 win over South Carolina on Saturday.
Randall, a sophomore from Baton Rouge, completed 12 of 23 passes for 183 yards and rushed for 36 yards and one touchdown in his first career start. Randall scored on a 12-yard run on LSU’s first possession of the third quarter and then connected with Michael Clayton on the two-point conversion to tie the game at 14-14.
Randall led an LSU offense that racked up 414 yards of total offense, 231 rushing and 183 passing. For the second straight game, the Tigers did not commit a turnover on offense.
Defensively, Demetrius Hookfin intercepted two passes, returning one 10 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter. Hookfin intercepted both passes in the third quarter, one of which resulted in a John Corbello field goal that gave the Tigers the lead for good at 17-14.
Two possessions later, Hookfin put the game out of reach with a 10-yard interception return for a touchdown, giving the Tigers a 31-14 advantage. Hookfin intercepted a third pass in the fourth quarter and returned it for a touchdown, however, a late hit on the quarterback nullified the play.
For the game, Hookfin finished with seven tackles and added three pass deflections.
LSU’s kickoff coverage team earned the special teams award after allowing only 72 yards on six returns. LSU’s kickoff coverage team pinned South Carolina inside the 20-yard line five times on Saturday as the Gamecocks had starting field positions of the 12-yard line, 13-yard line, 15-yard line, 7-yard line and the 19-yard line in the contest. South Carolina’s longest kickoff return was a 22-yard return in the third quarter.