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Coastal Carolina’s Likely, Texas State’s Tupou, Troy’s Buce earn Sunbelt Weekly Accolades

Coastal Carolina’s Likely, Texas State’s Tupou and Troy’s Buce earn Sun Belt weekly accolades following conference victories.

Football Offensive Player of the Week
Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina
(Sr., TE – Cambridge, Mass.)

Chanticleers senior Isaiah Likely became the first player in Coastal Carolina history and the first tight end in Sun Belt history to catch four touchdown passes in a single game. The Cambridge, Mass., native also set new career highs with eight catches, 232 receiving yards and four touchdowns in the 52-20 win at Arkansas State. Likely’s 232 receiving yards are the second-most in Coastal Carolina’s 19-year history and the third-most in the Sun Belt’s 21-year history.

Football Defensive Player of the Week
Sione Tupou, Texas State
(Jr., LB – Allen, Texas)

Bobcats junior linebacker Sione Tupou tallied a career and game-high 14 tackles as Texas State outlasted South Alabama, 33-31, in four overtimes. The Allen, Texas, product came up big for the Bobcats in the extra periods. Tupou had a fumble recovery in the second overtime—after a missed field goal attempt for the Bobcats—and also knocked down a pass in the third overtime period to set up the game-winning two-point conversion in the fourth overtime stanza.

Football Special Teams Player of the Week
Brooks Buce, Troy
(Jr., K – Johns Creek, Ga.)

Troy junior kicker Brooks Buce kicked the game-winning 24-yard field goal with 1:46 to play in the Trojans 27-24 victory over Georgia Southern. The Johns Creek, Ga., native was 2-for-2 on field goal attempts on the day, also converting from 29 yards out in the first quarter. Georgia transfer Buce, who had not attempted a field goal in a game in 1,751 days prior to a 32-yarder at ULM on Sept. 25, is now 3-for-3 on field goals on the season.

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
Week 6 – Isaiah Likely, Coastal Carolina

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
Week 6 – Sione Tupou, Texas 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
Week 6 – Brooks Buce, Troy

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