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C-USA Players Of The Week: Johnson & Doss

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Florida Atlantic quarterback Jaquez Johnson helped the Owls upset UAB on the road by accounting for more than 400 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images.
Florida Atlantic quarterback Jaquez Johnson helped the Owls upset UAB on the road by accounting for more than 400 yards of total offense and three touchdowns. Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images.

This was the most exciting weekend for C-USA in recent memory. Five games were decided by less than seven points. Rice took down Tulsa, the defending conference champs, in overtime, 30-27. It took a last-second blocked field for FIU to beat Southern Miss on the road, 24-23. We enjoyed great team efforts this weekend, so who are the individuals that balled out?

Offense

Shane Carden, QB, East Carolina: 43/57, 365 passing yards, two total TDs vs. MTSU

Kenneth Dixon, RB, Louisiana Tech: 25 carries, 200 rushing yards, 1 TD vs. UTEP

Jacquez Johnson, QB, Florida Atlantic: 23/36, 299 passing yards; 19 carries, 105 rushing yards, three total TDs vs. UAB

Jordan Leslie, WR, UTEP: 5 catches, 114 receiving yards, 2 TDs vs. Louisiana Tech

Silas Spearman III, RB, Florida International: 29 carries, 136 rushing yards, 2 TDs vs. Southern Miss

Trey Watts, RB, Tulsa: 34 carries, 165 rushing yards, 2 TDs vs. Rice

Defense

Kevin Byard, S, Middle Tennessee State: 15 tackles, 1 pass breakup, 1 fumble recovery vs. ECU

Lorenzo Doss, CB, Tulane: 3 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 TD vs. North Texas

DeWitt Jennings, S, Tulsa: 12 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks vs. Rice

Damon Magazu, DB, East Carolina: 11 tackles, 1 interception vs. MTSU

Offensive Player Of The Week

This was an easy choice for me. Jacquez Johnson’s 404 total yards represent a career high and brought the Legion Field home fans to an all-time low. The signal caller’s three touchdowns were almost enough to defeat UAB by himself. Don’t tell Mr. Johnson this was supposed to be a victory for the Blazers. He was playing only a couple hours away from his hometown of Starkville, Miss. The sophomore brought his 'A' game for friends and family. The victory marks FAU’s first conference win since 2011 when they beat, you guessed it, UAB. The Owls will need more of this from Johnson for future success.

Defensive Player Of The Week

Unlike the above, this week’s winner was a tough decision. I had to choose the player who put points on the board when his team needed them the most. Tulane's Lorenzo Doss had two picks against a great quarterback in North Texas’ Derek Thompson. Doss’ interception return in the third quarter gave Tulane a 14-point lead and they won by a field goal. Thompson will be having nightmares about the ball-hawking cornerback who intercepted him twice. Tulane couldn’t get any offense going and the defense and special teams saved the day. Get this: Doss’ 59-yard pick-six covered more yards than any running back on the team (a high of 44). If that wasn’t bad enough, his 67 return yards on those interceptions were more yards than any receiver (a high of 60). That says it all.