C-USA Players Of The Week: Johnson & Doss
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?
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
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.