Williams Named LSWA Player of the Week
BATON ROUGE — An LSU running back, a Northwestern State linebacker and a school-record setting place kicker from Louisiana-Monroe earned honors as the Louisiana Sports Writers Association college football players of the week following a vote of an LSWA panel based on nominations Monday by Louisiana sports information directors.
Sophomore running back Keiland Williams of LSU was named the offensive player of the week, while Mack Dampier of Northwestern State turned in the state’s best defensive effort, while ULM kicker Cole Wilson earned special team honors.
Williams rushed for a career-best 126 yards and two touchdowns in LSU’s 48-7 win over No. 9-ranked Virginia Tech Saturday. The Lafayette product had touchdown runs of 67 and 32 yards against the Hokies and his 67-yard TD was the longest up his career, putting LSU up 24-0 in the second quarter. Williams averaged 18.0 yards on seven carries against Virginia Tech and also caught two passes for 10 yards to finish with 136 all-purpose yards in the contest.
Dampier, a junior from West Monroe, made a career-best 15 tackles in the 31-28 come-from-behind win by the Demons over Southland Conference foe Central Arkansas Saturday. Dampier also had a sack in the game as the NSU defense shut down the Bears in the second half while rallying from a two-touchdown effort.
Wilson etched his named in the ULM record book with the second of his two field goals in the loss at No. 25 Clemson as his field goals of 41 and 23 yards gave him 14-consecutive makes dating back to last season passing the old mark of 13 set in 1993. The senior from St. Francisville, who is also a Lou Groza award nominee, has made 18-of-his-last-19 field goals.