Eric Thomas (Troy, Sr., WR)
Troy wide receiver Eric Thomas became the Sun Belt's all-time leader in touchdown catches and put on a dazzling performance in Troy's victory over South Alabama. Thomas had five catches for 129 yards and two touchdowns, including one with seven seconds with defenders draped all over him left to give Troy the victory. His first touchdown catch gave him 25 for his career which passed FIU's T.Y. Hilton for the most in league history. Thomas has caught a touchdown in seven straight games, which leads the country and already has nine touchdown receptions in just six games.
Defensive Player of the Week
Xavius Boyd (WKU, Sr., LB.)
WKU senior linebacker Xavius Boyd continued his stellar year for the Hilltoppers with yet another double-digit tackle performance on Thursday at ULM. Boyd, who is tied for nation's lead in tackles for loss at 12.5, finished with 10 tackles and turned in his fifth double-digit tackle performance in six games this year. It was the seventh game in a row the senior backer led the Hilltoppers in tackles. Boyd contributed a pair of assisted tackles for loss to add to his total and his 6.5 sacks on the year are No. 2 nationally. Four of Boyd's 10 tackles came on the ULM opening drive to set the defensive tone for the game.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Brandon Smith (Texas State, So., WR/RS)
Brandon Smith averaged 70.3 yards and scored two touchdowns on three kickoff returns at Louisiana-Lafayette … his 211 yards in kickoff returns are a national single-game high… Smith became the first player in Texas State history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game, single season and career with the two touchdowns against the Ragin' Cajuns … he also became the first player in Louisiana-Lafayette history to score two touchdowns in a single game versus the Ragin' Cajuns … Smith scored Texas State's first TD in the game with his 92-yard return with 3:39 in the third quarter … he also recorded a 100-yard return in the fourth quarter … his 100-yard return is the second-longest return in school history and longest since 1950 … Smith also led the Bobcats in receiving with three catches for 22 yards against the Ragin' Cajuns.