Georgia Southern’s Wright, App State’s Jackson, Louisiana’s Smith capture Sun Belt Weekly Awards

Published 1:39 pm Tuesday, October 5, 2021

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Georgia Southern’s Wright, App State’s Jackson and Louisiana’s Smith capture Sun Belt weekly awards following conference wins.

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Logan Wright, Georgia Southern
(RS Sr., RB – Jacksonville, Fla.)

Eagles senior running back Logan Wright rushed for a career-high 214 yards and two touchdowns in Georgia Southern’s 59-33 conference win over Arkansas State. The Jacksonville, Fla., native did his damage on just 10 attempts, averaging 21.4 yards per carry. Wright’s touchdown runs were 59-yard and 41-yard carries, as he contributed to a 503-yard effort on the ground for the Eagles. He became the first Georgia Southern student-athlete to run for over 200 yards since Matt Breida against Texas State on Oct. 29, 2015.

Football Defensive Player of the Week
D’Marco Jackson, App State
(Sr., LB – Spartanburg, S.C.)

Mountaineers senior linebacker D’Marco Jackson filled up the stat sheet in App State’s 45-16 win at Georgia State. The Spartanburg, S.C., product accumulated nine tackles, 2.0 tackles-for-loss, a sack, an interception, a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry—all in the first three quarters. Jackson, who had seven tackles resulting in a Panther gain of two yards or less, and the App State defense held the opposition to less than 30 points for the 18th-straight game.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Chris Smith, Louisiana
(RS So., RS – Louisville, Miss.)

Ragin’ Cajuns redshirt sophomore running back and return specialist Chris Smith tallied 137 kickoff return yards in Louisiana’s 20-18 win at South Alabama. The Louisville, Miss., native recorded an 87-yard return on the opening kickoff, setting up his lone rushing touchdown on the game. Smith added 40 yards on the ground to register a game-high 177 all-purpose yards. He joins Ohio State’s De’Montre Tuggle as 1-of-2 players in the country to rush for 40 yards and tally more than 130 kickoff return yards in the same game.

2021 Sun Belt Football Offensive Players of the Week
Week 1 – Corey Rucker, Arkansas State
Week 2 – Reese White, Coastal Carolina
Week 3 – Montrell Johnson, Louisiana
Week 4 – Nate Noel, App State
Week 5 – Logan Wright, Georgia Southern

2021 Sun Belt Football Defensive Players of the Week
Week 1 – Zion Williams, Troy
Week 2 – Josaiah Stewart, Coastal Carolina
Week 3 – Javon Solomon, Troy
Week 4 – Ja’Cquez Williams, ULM
Week 5 – D’Marco Jackson, App State

2021 Sun Belt Football Special Teams Players of the Week
Week 1 – Britton Williams, Georgia Southern
Week 2 – Diego Guajardo, South Alabama
Week 3 – Calum Sutherland, ULM
Week 4 – Alan Lamar, Arkansas State
Week 5 – Chris Smith, Louisiana

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