McNeese Rises in National Polls, Diontae Spencer Earns Special T - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

McNeese rises in national polls, Diontae Spencer earns special honor

By McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette

LAKE CHARLES – McNeese senior wide receiver and kick returner Diontae Spencer has been named this week's Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after his record-setting performance in the Cowboys' 58-14 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday.

The New Iberia native set a single-game school record with a 40.5 kick return yards average on four returns.  He had returns of 6, 80, 35 and 41 yards with the 80-yarder being a career-long and the longest for McNeese since a 94-yard return by Toddrick Pendland in 2007.

Spencer will enter Saturday's game against West Alabama ranked No. 1 in the Southland Conference in both season kickoff return average (33.3) and all-purpose yards (147.5) while ranking Nos. 10 and 16 in the NCAA respectively.

Sam Houston State running back Tim Flanders was named the league's offensive player of the week after he rushed for 170 yards and three touchdowns against Texas A&M.  T.J. Lumar of Nicholls earned defensive honors following the Colonels' upset win at Western Michigan where he finished with nine tackles and had a crucial interception in the final minute of the game.

Also on Monday, McNeese jumped five spots to No. 13 in this week's Sports Network Top 25 poll while moving up two spots to No. 18 in the FCS Coaches poll.

North Dakota State, Eastern Washington and Montana State continue to rank as the top three teams in both polls.  Sam Houston State is No. 5 in both polls while Central Arkansas holds down the No. 7 spot in the coaches poll and 8th in the Sports Network poll.

The Cowboys return to action on Saturday when they host Division II power West Alabama at 7 in Cowboy Stadium.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Southwest Louisiana arrest report: April 21, 2018

    Southwest Louisiana arrest report: April 21, 2018

    Tuesday, April 24 2018 6:26 AM EDT2018-04-24 10:26:01 GMT
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Megan Michaela Alfred, 24, Baytown, TX: Stopping, starting or parking prohibited in specified places; possession of drugs; possession, sale, or distribution of a drug without a prescription. Nancy Elizabeth Prater, 44, Lake Charles: Bicycles front lamps and rear lamps, possession of drugs, probation detainer. Cullen Drake Doucet, 25, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $2,000. Michelle Denise Guillory Carter, 40, Dequincy: Domestic abuse aggr...More >>
    Calcasieu Correctional Center: Megan Michaela Alfred, 24, Baytown, TX: Stopping, starting or parking prohibited in specified places; possession of drugs; possession, sale, or distribution of a drug without a prescription. Nancy Elizabeth Prater, 44, Lake Charles: Bicycles front lamps and rear lamps, possession of drugs, probation detainer. Cullen Drake Doucet, 25, Lake Charles: Domestic abuse battery. Bond: $2,000. Michelle Denise Guillory Carter, 40, Dequincy: Domestic abuse aggr...More >>
  • Lake Charles NAACP hosts forum on Calcasieu Parish schools

    Lake Charles NAACP hosts forum on Calcasieu Parish schools

    Monday, April 23 2018 11:33 PM EDT2018-04-24 03:33:01 GMT
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)
    (Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)(Source: Maranda Whittington/KPLC)

    What's going on in Calcasieu Parish schools?  That was the question those in the community wanted to find out at Monday night's NAACP forum.  Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus broke down these three topics-- school accountability, current initiatives, and continuing challenges--  first before questions were asked.  Everything from retaining more certified teachers, to bond issues, and even questions on safety were asked.  But while every concern couldn't ...

    More >>

    What's going on in Calcasieu Parish schools?  That was the question those in the community wanted to find out at Monday night's NAACP forum.  Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus broke down these three topics-- school accountability, current initiatives, and continuing challenges--  first before questions were asked.  Everything from retaining more certified teachers, to bond issues, and even questions on safety were asked.  But while every concern couldn't ...

    More >>
  • Dozens of homes in south Lake Charles targeted by package thief

    Dozens of homes in south Lake Charles targeted by package thief

    Monday, April 23 2018 8:33 PM EDT2018-04-24 00:33:51 GMT
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    (Source: KPLC)(Source: KPLC)
    A number of residents in south Lake Charles have had packages stolen right off their doorsteps.  For about a month, authorities believe the man, pictured above wearing a hat and glasses, is suspected of stealing more than 10 packages from residents doorsteps.  After numerous posts on Facebook showcasing surveillance footage of the thief in question , members of the community realized that the same person had also stolen from them as well.  One of the victim...More >>
    A number of residents in south Lake Charles have had packages stolen right off their doorsteps.  For about a month, authorities believe the man, pictured above wearing a hat and glasses, is suspected of stealing more than 10 packages from residents doorsteps.  After numerous posts on Facebook showcasing surveillance footage of the thief in question , members of the community realized that the same person had also stolen from them as well.  One of the victim...More >>
Powered by Frankly