Hildebrand, Odum, Hite Earn Week Nine Football Awards

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Hayden Hildebrand and George Odum, and UIW’s Desmond Hite are the Southland Conference Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Offensive Player of the Week: Hayden Hildebrand, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Quarterback – Bossier City, La.Hildebrand tossed four touchdown passes with zero interceptions and completed 12 of 16 passes (75 percent) for 250 yards in UCA’s 47-17 win over McNeese. His touchdown passes went for 55, 54, 48 and five yards against the No. 2 pass defense and No. 1 overall defense in the conference. The Bears scored 47 points against a Cowboy defense which had allowed just one offensive touchdown in its last four games. He earned the L.B. Jackman Award, given to the co-MVP of the homecoming game. Honorable Mention: Justin Johnson, Sam Houston State; Peyton Guidry, McNeese; Lawrence Ghansah, Stephen F. Austin. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. Hildebrand was named Offensive of Player of the Week, Odum earned Defensive Player of the Week and Desmond Hite earned special teams distinction. This is both Hildebrand and Odum’s second weekly awards of the season and marks UCA’s seventh overall as a team. Central Arkansas (7-1, 6-0 SLC) remains the lone undefeated team in conference play and next travels to face Lamar (1-7, 0-6 SLC) while UIW (1-7, 1-5 SLC) heads to Huntsville to take on Sam Houston State (7-1, 5-1 SLC). Both games are scheduled to broadcast on ESPN3 on Saturday, with UIW kicking off at 1 p.m. and UCA at 6 p.m.center_img Defensive Player of the Week: George Odum, Central Arkansas – Sr. – Linebacker/Defensive Back – Millington, Tenn.Odum had a career-high 16 tackles, including 10 solos, as the Bears dominated its top-20 showdown with the Cowboys. He registered an eight-yard sack and earned co-MVP of the homecoming game along with quarterback Hildebrand. Honorable Mention: Jackie Harvell, Central Arkansas; Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin; Eric Piccione, Northwestern State. Special Teams Player of the Week: Desmond Hite, UIW – So. – Running Back/Kick Returner – Cypress, TexasHite tied a Southland Conference record against No. 23 Nicholls with his third kick return touchdown of the season. He had 128 yards on three returns against the Colonels on Saturday, including a 100-yard kick return score that came as Hite fielded a kickoff five yards deep in his own end zone. He has registered return touchdowns of 100, 100 and 96 yards this season.Desmond Hite returns ANOTHER kick for 6 – Play of the Week?VOTE: https://t.co/K7u8Q5vgGA @UIWAthletics @UIW_Football pic.twitter.com/VH4VVYxp2Y— HERO Sports FCS (@HEROSportsFCS) October 30, 2017 Honorable Mention: Chase Fourcade, Nicholls; Corey Avery, Sam Houston State; Jake Blumrick, Stephen F. Austin.last_img read more