Texas A&M University-Commerce football team received national recognition for its win over nationally-ranked Southeastern Louisiana. Quarterback Eric Rodriguez
was named an honorable mention FedEx Ground FCS National Offensive Player of the Week, while the Lions were named an honorable mention FCS National Team of the Week by FCS Stats.
Rodriguez (Fort Bend Travis) tossed four touchdowns on 26 for 38 passing with 374 yards and rushed for 35 yards. He returned to the field after missing the previous two games and has thrown 11 touchdowns in 2.5 games played this season.
The Lions were one of four teams to be highlighted by FCS Stats for significant wins last weekend. A&M-Commerce downed SLU, who was the preseason favorite to win the Southland Conference. A&M-Commerce outgained Southeastern, 485 to 384, and handed SLU its first loss against an FCS opponent this season.
A&M-Commerce, who is 3-2 on the season and 1-0 in SLC play, is back in action on Saturday at McNeese. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
FedEx Ground FCS National Players of the Week – October 10
Offensive: Lindsey Scott, Jr. – UIW
Honorable Mention: Cade Brister, Lindenwood; Bret Bushka, QB, Butler; Tim DeMorat, QB, Fordham; Jermiah Dobbins, RB, Abilene Christian; Bailey Fisher, QB, Gardner-Webb; Alfonso Graham, RB, Morgan State; Eric Rodriguez, QB, A&M-Commerce; Jacob Saylors, RB/KR, ETSU; Xavier Shepherd, QB, Kennesaw State; DeVonte Tanksley, WR, UT Martin
Defensive: Luke Glenna – St. Thomas
Honorable Mention: Colton Adams, LB, Alabama State; Macklin Ayers, LB, Dartmouth; Rylan Cole, DB, Indiana State; Isaac Dowling, LB, Mercer; Braden Gilby, ILB, Furman; Ethan Hull, LB, Stetson; Erick Hunter, LB, Morgan State; Lawrence Johnson, DB, Southeast Missouri; Isaiah Major, LB, Florida A&M; Callahan O’Reilly, LB, Montana State; Mike Reid, DB, Monmouth; Garrett Sayegh, LB, Charleston Southern; Kenton Wilhoit, LB, Illinois State; Tamuarion Wilson, S, Central Arkansas
Special Teams: Gavin Lasseigne – Nicholls
Honorable Mention: Chris Campos, PK, Stephen F. Austin; Skyler Davis, PK, Elon; Clayborne Fields III, S/PR, Marist; Jake Gerardi, P, Southern Utah; Devin Haskins, CB/ST, Holy Cross; Jimmy Iles, P, Grambling State; Tyler Keltner, PK, ETSU; Tyler Larco, PK/P, UT Martin; Jalen Mason, KR, Stetson; Hunter Nichols, S/KR, San Diego; Elias Spence, TE/ST, Portland State
Freshman: Mason Gudger – Georgetown
Honorable Mention: Kohner Cullimore, LB, Southern Utah; Victor Dawson, RB, Merrimack; Samaurie Dukes, CB, Western Carolina; Sam Franklin, RB, UT Martin; Noah Walters, QB, North Alabama; Tyler Wesley, QB, Presbyterian; Sean Williams, SS, Dartmouth
FedEx Ground FCS National Team of the Week – Butler
Honorable Mention: Mercer (49-6 win over Western Carolina), Southern (45-13 win at Prairie View A&M); A&M-Commerce (31-28 win at then-No. 19 Southeastern Louisiana)