Jesse Grandy (left), Eddie Camara (right). Photo: University of Central Arkansas
FRISCO, Texas (Southland Conference) - Central Arkansas senior wide receiver Jesse Grandy was named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league office announced Monday. His teammate, sophomore kicker Eddie Camara, was selected the conference's special teams player of the week, while Sam Houston State junior linebacker Jessie Beauchamp was named the league's defensive player of the week.
Offensive Player of the Week: Jesse Grandy, Central Arkansas
Grandy totaled 189 all-purpose yards in the Bears' 27-26 win over McNeese State last Saturday. The senior from Pine Bluff, Ark. (Pine Bluff H.S.), caught four passes for 93 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 16 yards on two carries and added 80 yards on four returns. Grandy's second touchdown reception brought the Bears within 19-17 with 8:14 left in the fourth quarter.
Honorable Mention: Timothy Flanders, Sam Houston State; Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana; Kevin Johnson, Lamar.
Defensive Player of the Week: Jessie Beauchamp, Sam Houston State
Beauchamp led a Bearkat defense to 41-0 shutout of Nicholls State last Saturday. It was the second shutout by Sam Houston during the past two seasons. The junior from Klein, Texas (Collins H.S.), totaled nine tackles and had two tackles for loss, including an eight-yard sack, to go with two pass breakups and a pair of fumble recoveries. The Bearkats limited Nicholls to only 20 yards rushing and 238 total yards.
Honorable Mention: Jonathan Woodard, Central Arkansas; Cqulin Hubert, Southeastern Louisiana.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Eddie Camara, Central Arkansas
Camara kicked the game-winning field goal from 47 yards out with 23 seconds to play in the game to left the Bears to a 27-26 victory at McNeese State. The sophomore from Cedar Hill, Texas (Cedar Hill H.S.), also connected on a 41-yard field goal in the first half to go with his career-long 47-yard boot. He also made all three PATs.
Honorable Mention: Seth Sebastian, Southeastern Louisiana; Trey Diller, Sam Houston State.
Each school's sports information director nominates and votes for the players of the week, though is not permitted to vote for his own player. To receive honorable mention, a player must receive votes from 25 percent of the Southland sports information directors.