Offensive Player of the Week
Thomas Koufie (UL Monroe, So., RB, Kinesiology)
Sophomore running back Thomas Koufie became the first player in ULM program history to rush for five touchdowns in a single game on Saturday afternoon as the Warhawks won their first road game in nearly two years with a 37-23 victory over Georgia State inside the Georgia Dome. Koufie notched 201 yards rushing on 31 carries, as the ULM running back group combined for 264 yards on 54 carries. Koufie becomes the first ULM running back in program history with five rushing touchdowns. The last time a running back had recorded four touchdowns in a game was Marquis Williams against UL Lafayette on Oct. 25, 1997. Koufie finished with 201 rushing yards, becoming the first ULM running back with 200+ rushing yards since Irving Spikes (231 yards – Nov. 20, 1993 vs Idaho), and his 201 yards is now the sixth-most in a single game in program history, and the first over 200 yards since the 1993 season. ULM recorded its first road victory since Nov. 22, 2014 at New Mexico State (30-17 win) with the victory over Georgia State. Koufie’s career day came on the same field as ULM running back coach Alan Ricard’s first NFL touchdown – a 19-yard touchdown run for the Baltimore Ravens against the Atlanta Falcons on November 3, 2002.
Defensive Player of the Week
Money Hunter (Arkansas State, Sr., DB, Communication Studies)
Senior safety Money Hunter became the Sun Belt Conference’s all-time leader in career interception returns for a touchdown, collecting his fourth during Arkansas State’s 41-22 victory over New Mexico State. Hunter, who also recorded five tackles, a pass break-up and recovered a punt return fumble by the Aggies, picked off an NMSU pass with 10:12 left in the first quarter and scored on a 46-yard return to give the Red Wolves a 13-0 lead. He pushed his career interception return yards total to 268, which gave him the second most in Sun Belt history and the third most ever by an A-State player. He is also now tied for the most pick-six’s in the nation among active players, while his 268 return yards are the sixth most among the same group.
Special Teams Player of the Week
Austin Rehkow (Idaho, Sr., P/K, Exercise Science and Health)
Rehkow, a Lou Groza Award semifinalist, was good on all six of his PAT kicks as well as his long field goal attempt – a 25-yarder that gave Idaho a 31-14 lead heading into halftime of the Vandals’ victory at Texas State. He also doubles as Idaho’s punter and averaged 42.5 yards on four kicks with a long of 51. He is the nation’s leader in field goals per game (2.25) and is eighth in field goal percentage (.917 – second in the Sun Belt). He also is second in the Sun Belt in punting average at 43.2 yards per kick. He also kicks off for the Vandals.