BATON ROUGE, La. -- Following ULM's 23-17 overtime win at FIU on Saturday night, the Warhawks claimed a clean sweep of the weekly Louisiana honors as voted upon by the Louisiana Sports Writer's Association.
Wide receiver Brent Leonard won the offensive player of the week honor, while linebacker R. J. Young was selected defensive player of the week and kicker and punter Justin Manton was tabbed the special teams player of the week.
Louisiana Offensive Player of the Week: Brent Leonard, WR
Senior WR Brent Leonard caught 13 passes for 98 yards and one touchdown... Leonard's lone TD of the game came in overtime as his 15-yard TD reception gave ULM a 23-17 win at FIU Saturday night... It was the fourth time this season that Leonard caught 10 or more passes in a single game and he now ranks third in the single season Sun Belt Conference record books with 97 grabs on the year... He also became the first ULM receiver to go over the 1,000-yard receiving mark since 2002 and is just the second Warhawk to tally 200+ receptions in a career (Leonard, 202; Mack Vincent, 203 [2000-03]).
Louisiana Defensive Player of the Week: R.J. Young, LB
R.J. Young led an attacking Warhawk defense with a game-high 10 tackles in ULM's 23-17 overtime win at FIU Saturday night... Young, who had seven solo and three assisted tackles, tallied two of ULM's 17 tackles for loss and also broke up one pass... His biggest play of the night came with just seconds remaining in the third quarter... Young picked up an E.J. Hilliard fumble [forced by Darius Lively] and rumbled 36 yards to the right corner of the end zone for his first career score.
Louisiana Special Teams Player of the Week: Justin Manton, PK/P
Justin Manton, as he has done most of the season, handled all of the kicking duties in ULM's overtime win at FIU Saturday night... Manton nailed a career-long 47-yard field goal with one second remaining in the first half and ULM took a 10-7 lead into the locker room at halftime... Manton was perfect on his two PATs... The sophomore also punted eight times for 342 yards (42.8 avg) with two punts downed inside the 20... Manton's registered a new career-best with a 66-yard punt in the first quarter... His punt, that bounced near the 20 and rolled to the FIU one-yard line before being downed by Preston Coleman, is tied for the 10th-longest punt in school-history... Manton also kicked off four times for 239 yards (59.8 avg).
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