Franklinton graduate racking up the awards

Published 12:50 pm Thursday, December 30, 2021

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Nicholls State University offensive lineman P.J. Burkhalter has earned four offseason awards since being selected the Southland Conference Offensive Lineman of the Year for the third-straight season last month.

The 2015 Franklinton High School graduate has been named to the Associated Press FCS all-America’s first team, Stats Perform FCS all-America first team, the American Football Coaches Association and Athlon Sport all-America first team, HERO Sports FCS all-America’s second team and Stats Perform FCS all-America first team.

Burkhalter is the first player in FCS is earn three first-team nods by Stats Perform since current Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

This season, Burkhalter was part of an offensive line that blocked for the conference’s leading rushing team with 2,714 yards in their 11 games for 246.7 yards rushing per game. Nicholls State was also tops in yards per carry at 5.93

The 25 touchdowns on the ground was second most in the conference behind Southeastern Louisiana University, which had 30.

Nicholls State went 6-5 overall and 5-3 in conference play.