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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.

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