A pair of Lions have been recognized as Lone Star Conference Players of the week as junior quarterback Deric Davis was named the LSC's Co-Offensive Player of the Week while junior wide receiver Vernon Johnson picked up the nod for Special Teams Player of the Week. The weekly honor is the first of both Davis and Johnson's A&M-Commerce career.
Davis had a night for the record books in Texas A&M University-Commerce's 65-43 victory over McMurry University, tying a school record with five rushing touchdowns on the night, sharing the mark with Marvin Brown (1952) and Donald Lee (1985). Davis also threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver Seth Smith in the first quarter, accounting for six of the Lions' seven offensive touchdowns of the night. He shares the award with Midwestern State University's Keidrick Jackson.
Johnson electrified the home crowd all night against the War Hawks, returning four kickoffs for a combined 201 yards, including a 76-yard return to start the game and an 81-yard run back that set up the Lions at the one-yard line as Davis scored on the next play. Johnson also had seven catches for 147 yards and a touchdown, giving him 348 yards of total offense on the night. He ranks among the LSC leaders in five different categories, including leading the conference in total offense per game.
With the LSC weekly honors, A&M-Commerce continues to be one of the top all-around programs in the conference through the 2013-14 athletic season, racking up 17 Player of the Week honors thus far. The Lions have had at least two players selected as their respective sport's Player of the Week each week while all seven A&M-Commerce fall sports have had at least one LSC weekly honor.
Davis, Johnson and the rest of the Lions face a stiff challenge this week as A&M-Commerce heads to Stephenville to face 23rd-ranked and LSC-leading Tarleton State University on Saturday, Oct. 26. The two teams will square off for the President's Trophy as the Lions look to snap a lengthy skid against the Texans, having lost four-straight and 11 of the last 12 meetings. Opening kick from Stephenville is set for 6 p.m.
A&M-Commerce LSC Players of the Week • Fall 2013
September 10: Jordan Neal (Volleyball Co-Setter)
September 11: Vicky Back (Soccer Defensive)
September 12: C.J. Clem (Men's Golfer)
September 16: Ronald Fields (Football Co-Special Teams)
September 17: Jordan Neal (Volleyball Co-Setter)
September 20: Dorian McCradic (Men's Cross Country)
September 20: Terra Truitt (Women's Cross Country)
September 24: Brionna Minde (Soccer Offensive)
October 1: Amy Davault (Volleyball Co-Offensive)
October 1: Jordan Neal (Volleyball Co-Setter)
October 2: Savannah Henderson (Soccer Offensive)
October 7: Cameron Frosch (Football Special Teams)
October 10: Chantry McMahan (Women's Golfer)
October 15: Amy Davault (Volleyball Co-Offensive)
October 17: Dorian McCradic (Men's Cross Country)
October 21: Deric Davis (Football Co-Offensive)
October 21: Vernon Johnson (Football Special Teams)