David Named LSWA Player of the Week
BATON ROUGE — Football players from Louisiana-Lafayette and LSU earned honors Monday as this week’s Louisiana Sports Writers Association Players of the Week as selected by a panel of LSWA members.
LSU kicker Colt David was named the Special Teams Player of the Week after a strong performance in the 58-10 win over Louisiana Tech. The junior kicked field goals of 44, 31, and 28 yards without a miss. David ran his season field goal total to 19, which ties the school record held by David Browndyke in 1988. He also ran his season point total to 111, which ranks second in LSU history. David, in addition has kicked 57 straight PATs without a miss, the fourth longest streak in school history.
Michael Desormeaux, the Cajuns quarterback earned Offensive Player of the Week after leading Louisiana-Lafayette to a 34-24 victory at Middle Tennessee on Saturday. He ran for a career-high 175 yards, his sixth 100-yard effort on the season. In the process, Desormeaux topped the 1,000-yard rushing plateau, becoming just the 24th quarterback in NCAA history to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. He has 1,105 yards on the season, the third most in school history, and the 23rd most in NCAA history by a quarterback
Desormeaux also passed for 152 yards and two scores, marking the second time this season that he rushed and passed for over 150 yards in the same game. He and Brian Mitchell are the only players in school history to ever have 150/150 games. Desormeaux passed for 137 of his 152 yards and threw both of his touchdowns in the second half as the Cajuns, who trailed after all three quarters, came back to win the game.
Desormeaux’s teammate defensive end Rodney Hardeway earned Defensive Player of the Week as he made seven tackles, all solo stops, and had four sacks for -34 yards (giving him seven on the season and 15 for his career -5th all-time at school). Hardeway had two sacks in the fourth quarter as the Cajuns defense shut down the MT offense (-12 yards in the 4Q). The first sack Hardeway posted in the fourth quarter came on the second play from scrimmage after the Cajuns had taken their first lead. His sack for an 11-yard loss forced MT to punt from deep in their own territory whereby the Cajuns scored again on the ensuing possession to take a 10-point lead.