Press Release from Southern Miss
After setting a school receiving record with 292 receiving yards and becoming the first FBS player in 10 years to catch three passes of 75 yards or longer in a game, Southern Miss junior WR Allenzae Staggers has been named the Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week Monday by the league office.
Staggers caught six passes for a school-record 292 receiving yards in Saturday’s 44-28 win over Rice, surpassing Kendrick Lee’s previous mark of 260 against Houston on Nov. 9, 1996. His catches included touchdown receptions of 75, 81 and 93 yards, his first three catches he made in the contest. Staggers is the first FBS player in 10 years to catch three 75-plus yard touchdowns in the same game. His other catches included grabs of 19, 16 and eight yards for a 48.7 reception average. Staggers’ receiving total for the game also ranks second all-time in Conference USA (the record is 346). The 93-yard reception by the Woodville, Mississippi, native marked the third longest pass play in Southern Miss history.
The Defensive Player of the Week honor went to FIU senior LB Anthony Wint, who had 12 tackles and a forced fumble in the Panthers Shula Bowl victory. For the second time in three weeks, the Special Teams Player of the Week award was given to WKU junior PR Nacarius Fant, who had a 50-yard punt return for a touchdown on Saturday to become the first FBS player to return two punts for scores this season. C-USA Football Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league’s media.
The award was the second C-USA Player of the Week honor for Staggers who also won the Special Teams weekly nod following the Savannah State on Sept. 12, and the third overall for the Golden Eagles this season. Staggers is the first league offensive weekly winner since Nick Mullens garnered the award on Nov. 16 last season.
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