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Cody Stroud Named SLC Offensive Player of the Week

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By McNeese SID Matthew Bonnette

 

LAKE CHARLES – Following his record-breaking performance in Saturday's 44-42 win over West Alabama, McNeese senior quarterback Cody Stroud has been named this week's Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

 

Stroud tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the game and set a school mark with 14 consecutive pass completions.  He finished the game connecting on 30 of 43 of his passes for a career-high 366 yards.  That combined with backup Tyler Bolfing's 40 yards passing, the 406 team passing yards set a new school record by one yard.

 

It's Stroud's second league player of the week honor in his career.  The first came in the 2011 season following his performance against Kansas.

 

On the season, Stroud has led the Cowboys to a No. 2 national ranking in scoring offense at 51.7 points per game and 12th in total offense with 485 yards per game.  Individually, the senior from Montgomery is third in the league with a 274.7 passing yards average and is first in pass efficiency at 168.0, good enough for 10th in the NCAA.  He's also been responsible for 54 of McNeese's 155 points, fourth best in the nation.

 

Tanner Brock of Sam Houston State was named the league's defensive player of the week while Southeastern Louisiana's Xavier Roberson earned special teams honors.

 

The victory over West Alabama, the nation's No. 12 team in the Division II ranks at the time, moved McNeese to 3-0 on the season for the second year in a row.  The Cowboys will be looking to go 4-0 for the first time since the 2007 season when they completed the regular season 11-0.

 

McNeese made a move up both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls this week, jumping one spot to No. 12 in the Sports Network while leaping five spots to No. 13 in the coaches poll.

 

North Dakota State continues to sit atop both polls.  Eastern Washington, Montana State, Towson and Sam Houston State round out the top five in the Sports Network poll while Montana State is ranked second in the coaches polls followed by Towson, Eastern Washington and Sam Houston State.

 

 Central Arkansas fell from 8th to No. 13 in the Sports Network poll and dropped seven spots to No. 14 in the coaches poll.

 

Sports Network FCS Top 25

Sept. 16, 2013

Rk.   Team (First-Place Votes)      Rec.  Points      Prv.

1.    North Dakota State (154)      2-0   3,898 1

2.    Eastern Washington  (2) 2-1   3,462 2

3.    Montana State     2-1   3,460 3

4.    Towson      3-0   3,412 4

5.    Sam Houston State 2-1   3,235 5

6.    South Dakota State      3-0   3,054 6

7.    Northern Iowa     2-0   3,004 7

8.    Eastern Illinois  3-0   2,778 9

9.    Montana     2-0   2,450 11

10.   Wofford     2-1   2,365 16

11.   New Hampshire     1-1   2,273 12

12.   McNeese State     3-0   2,134 13

13.   Central Arkansas  1-2   1,496 8

14.   Georgia Southern  2-1   1,420 10

15.   Coastal Carolina  3-0   1,274 21

16.   Stony Brook 1-1   1,201 17

17.   James Madison     2-1   1,186 20

18.   Cal Poly    1-2   1,165 14

19.   Bethune-Cookman   3-0   1,053 23

20.   Villanova   0-2   767   19

21.   Fordham     3-0   733   NR

22.   Lehigh      2-0   677   22

23.   Richmond    1-2   653   15

24.   Tennessee-Martin  2-1   561   NR

25.   Northern Arizona  1-1   556   25

Others receiving votes: Illinois State 493, Youngstown State 370, Samford 281, Maine 255, William & Mary 155, North Carolina A&T 118, Southern Utah 114, Delaware 113, Jacksonville State 111, Gardner-Webb 100, Chattanooga 85, Eastern Kentucky 29, Appalachian State 28, Southeastern Louisiana 24, Liberty 24, South Carolina State 22, Penn 21, South Dakota 19, Tennessee State 18, Harvard 18, Southern Illinois 10, Western Illinois 10, Murray State 5, Indiana State 4, Tennessee Tech 3, Northwestern State 2, Sacred Heart 1.

 

 

 

FCS Coaches Poll

Sept. 16, 2013

Rk.   Team (First-Place Votes)      Rec.  Points      Prv.

1.    North Dakota State (26) 2-0   650   1

2.    Montana State     2-1   613   3

3.    Towson      3-0   582   4

4.    Eastern Washington      2-1   560   2

5.    Sam Houston State 2-1   556   5

6.    South Dakota State      3-0   526   6

7.    Northern Iowa     2-0   479   8

8.    Wofford     2-1   447   10

9.    New Hampshire     1-1   420   9

10.   Eastern Illinois  3-0   415   12

11.   Montana     2-0   367   15

12.   Stony Brook 1-1   285   13

13.   McNeese State     3-0   283   18

14.   Central Arkansas  1-2   265   7

15.   Coastal Carolina  3-0   245   21

16.   James Madison     2-0   222   17

17.   Bethune-Cookman   3-0   214   22

18.   Lehigh      2-0   211   19

19.   Cal Poly    1-2   194   14

20.   Richmond    1-2   140   11

21.   Fordham     3-0   128   NR

T22.  Northern Arizona  1-1   100   24

T22.  Villanova   0-2   100   20

24.   Illinois State    0-2   83    16

25.   Maine 3-0   61    NR

Others receiving votes: UT Martin 56, Youngstown State 55, Samford 43, William & Mary 20, Jacksonville State 20, North Carolina A&T 20, Tennessee State 11, Gardner-Webb 8, Portland State 8, Chattanooga 6, Delaware 5, Southern Utah 4, Harvard 3, Jackson State 3, Eastern Kentucky 2, Penn 2, Indiana State 2, Sacred Heart 1.

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