Offensive Player of the Week
Raymond Calais, Louisiana (Jr., RB, Breaux Bridge, La.)
Louisiana junior running back Raymond Calais rushed for a career-best 186 yards, the second-most in the Sun Belt Conference this season, with three touchdowns on the ground in the 36-22 win over Georgia State. He ripped off a school-record 92-yard run, breaking a 47-year old record in the process, tied for eighth-most yards on the ground in the FBS this past weekend and is now one of just five running backs in the nation to have a rushing play of more than 90 yards this season. His 92-yard dash is the fourth-longest run by a back in the FBS this season. Calais’ overall game effort against Georgia State tied for the 17th-best rushing performance in school history while his three rushing touchdowns, individually, are the fifth time that has occurred in the conference this season. His three touchdowns are the most in a single game by a Sun Belt player this year. His 186-yard total output is second-best in the conference this season behind only Louisiana teammate Elijah Mitchell’s 191 yards at Texas State.
Defensive Player of the Week
Antione Barker, Troy (Jr., DE, Pensacola, Fla.)
Troy’s defense was dominant against Georgia Southern’s high-powered option attack and Antione Barker was a big reason why. In the Trojan’s 35-21 win over the Eagles, he recorded a career-best three tackles for loss and two sacks as Troy limited GS to just 101 rushing yards and 291 total yards. Troy held Georgia Southern to just 161 yards over the final three quarters of the game.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Tyler Sumpter, Troy (So., K/P, Hoover, Ala.)
Tyler Sumpter played a key role in three different special teams areas in Troy’s win over Georgia Southern. Sumpter averaged 57.0 yards on two punts, including a booming 65 yard kick, drilled a pair of field goals (45 yards, 42 yards) and was clean on all three of his extra point attempts.