Lamar’s Colbert, Nicholls’ Martin, Central Arkansas’ Cummins Named Southland Football Players of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Lamar’s Darrel Colbert, Jr., Nicholls’ Ahmani Martin and Central Arkansas’ Matt Cummins are the Southland Conference Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. All weekly awards are presented by MidSouth Bank.Colbert paced the Lamar offense to a 21-17 victory on the road against McNeese Saturday rushing for 110 yards and a touchdown. Martin played a key role in a dominant shutout win for the Colonels’ causing a pair of fumbles. Cummins accounted for over half of Central Arkansas’ offensive output with three made field goals.Offensive Player of the Week: Darrel Colbert, Jr., Lamar– Sr. – Quarterback – Houston, TexasColbert guided the Cardinals to their third win over a nationally ranked team this season with their come-from-behind victory on the road against McNeese. The senior’s performance aided Lamar to their second victory over the Cowboys since the 2010 season. The win over McNeese helped secure the Cardinal’s first berth in the 2018 NCAA Division I Football Championship where they will take on University of Northern Iowa at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Their victory also marks the first time since the program’s return in the 2010 season where LU has defeated three ranked programs in the same year. Colbert piloted the offense to 21 points on nine completions and 148 yards passing. The senior constructed a victory for the Cardinals that stands as Lamar’s sixth consecutive win, the program’s longest winning streak since the 1972 season.Honorable Mention: Julien Gums, Nicholls; Dee Bowens, Sam Houston StateDefensive Player of the Week: Ahmani Martin, Nicholls – Sr. – Defensive Back – Reserve, La.Martin set the tone right away in the Colonels’ 44-0 home victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Thursdayevening, forcing two fumbles on the Lions’ opening two drives. On the second play of the night, Martin delivered a highlight hit to pop the ball loose. The fumble was subsequently recovered by Nicholls and returned inside the SLU 15 yard line. The Colonels punched it in for a touchdown on the next play. Martin forced another fumble on the next SLU possession, ending the Lion’s drive at the 50-yard line. Along with his two forced fumbles, Martin had four solo tackles and two pass breakups. The shutout was the first for the Colonels in league play since 2007 and was the only shutout in conference play by any Southland team this season. Nicholls closed out the regular-season earning the automatic qualifier into the NCAA Division I Championship where they will host San Diego Saturday, Nov. 24 at 3 p.m.Honorable Mention: Davon Jernigan, Lamar; Zyon McCollum, Sam Houston StateSpecial Teams Player of the Week: Matt Cummins, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Kicker – Conway, Ark.Cummins was excellent for the Bears Saturday pushing UCA to a 16-7 win over Abilene Christian on the road. The senior kicker notched three field goals from 20, 37 and 42 yards out while also tucking away an extra-point attempt in his final game for Central Arkansas.Honorable Mention: Myles Ward, Northwestern State; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. AustinSouthland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots.last_img read more