Offensive Player of the Week: Chase Fourcade, Nicholls – Sr. – Quarterback – Metairie, La.Fourcade was 24-of-29 for 327 yards and a touchdown through the air and rushed for 48 yards and another score on 11 carries in the 34-14 win over the Bears, snapping an eight-game losing streak in the series. With 375 total offensive yards, he passed Texas State’s Bradley George for seventh on the conference’s career total offense list and moved to within 26 of former Sam Houston State quarterback Brian Bell at No. 6. For the second time in his career, Fourcade is the Offensive Player of the Week after becoming the seventh player in league history to eclipse 10,000 career yards of total offense. The senior quarterback racked up 375 yards of total offense to lead the No. No. 15/16 Colonels (3-2, 2-0 SLC) to a 34-14 win over No. 10/11 Central Arkansas in Nicholls’ home opener. The Colonels remain at home this week and play host to Northwestern State at 3 p.m. CT on Saturday. Honorable Mention: David Crosley, Lamar; Sully Laiche, Nicholls; Cory McCoy, McNeese; Louis Otis, UIW. Defensive Player of the Week: Royce See, Sam Houston State – Sr. – Linebacker – Shepherd, TexasSee posted a team-high nine tackles along with two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble as Sam Houston State recorded the most takeaways in the rivalry since 2013. The picks were his first since he had two as a sophomore in 2017 and marked the second straight year a Bearkat had two picks in the Piney Woods game. In the final period, See snagged the loose ball on a strip sack of Joseph Wallace to set up the Kats’ final score. One possession later, he picked off Trae Self for the second time to seal the game. Honorable Mention: Jon Copeland, UIW; Jordan Hoy, Lamar; Cody Orgeron, McNeese. See, a senior linebacker, earns Defensive Player of the Week recognition for turning in a career performance to lead the Bearkats’ (4-2, 3-0 SLC) to their ninth-straight Battle of the Piney Woods victory by a score of 31-20. The Shepherd, Texas, native played a part in four of Sam Houston State’s six takeaways, including two in the final quarter. The Bearkats face Lamar at 2 p.m. Saturday in Huntsville. Girdy Brito picks up his first Special Teams Player of the Week award after returning three kickoffs for 127 yards in the Huskies’ (4-2, 1-1 SLC) 36-38 loss to UIW. The senior specialist overtook Tennessee Tech’s Metrius Fleming as the nation’s leader in kick return average (37.0) with an average of 42.3 yards on Saturday. HBU looks to rebound with a road matchup against Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. Saturday. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Chase Fourcade, Sam Houston State’s Royce See and Houston Baptist’s Gamar Girdy Brito earned Southland Football Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Special Teams Player of the Week: Gamar Girdy Brito, Houston Baptist – Sr. – Wide Receiver – Victoria, TexasNow the FCS leader in kick return average (37.0), Girdy Brito averaged 42.3 yards on three returns in the tight loss to the Cardinals. After UIW scored the opening touchdown of the game, he took the ensuing kickoff 87 yards for a touchdown. He returned the second half opening kickoff to the HBU 42, with the drive resulting in a field goal. Girdy Brito also made seven catches for 53 yards and a touchdown, which pulled the Huskies within 38-36 with 3:14 remaining in the game. Honorable Mention: Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Bailey Raborn, McNeese. Southland 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.
The Croatian international regretted that the situation due to the coronavirus remains uncertain. “It hurts to say that we don’t know when everything will return to normal. But we understand that there are more important things than soccer, which is our health. But that uncertainty, not knowing how many days will pass, costs a little”, he claimed. In addition, Rakitic referred to the possibility that the league can not be retaken and the importance of having a plan that also takes into account the development of the next season. Asked about the signings of Neymar or Mbappé in Movistar + said: ”Like all dads, who now see a lot Disney … ”“We all want to play again. And win the League by playing. But I also understand that if you can’t go back somehow, the season will have to end. And if we are the first, then we will have to be the champions”, he pointed out. “But deadlines must be exhausted: the ideal would be to finish whenever, but always with a well-made plan, especially thinking also about next season. Hopefully we can play again this season and go for the titles we can fight for. Nobody it has priority in this situation. We have to be aware that together and respectfully we will get ahead “, he finished. FC Barcelona midfielder Ivan Rakitic acknowledged that his “work” alone and confined is beginning to get complicated and long, waiting to be able to resume the competition, everyone’s goal although “also thinking about next season”. “Uncertainty costs a little. It is already starting to cost me to work alone. I really want to feel the ball, the grass and the group effort, to continue working with the new coaching staff and with my teammates”, he said this Sunday in an interview on Movistar Plus.