LAKE CHARLES – Following his record-breaking performance in Saturday's 44-42 win over West Alabama, McNeese senior quarterback Cody Stroud has been named this week's Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
Stroud tied a school record with five touchdown passes in the game and set a school mark with 14 consecutive pass completions. He finished the game connecting on 30 of 43 of his passes for a career-high 366 yards. That combined with backup Tyler Bolfing's 40 yards passing, the 406 team passing yards set a new school record by one yard.
It's Stroud's second league player of the week honor in his career. The first came in the 2011 season following his performance against Kansas.
On the season, Stroud has led the Cowboys to a No. 2 national ranking in scoring offense at 51.7 points per game and 12th in total offense with 485 yards per game. Individually, the senior from Montgomery is third in the league with a 274.7 passing yards average and is first in pass efficiency at 168.0, good enough for 10th in the NCAA. He's also been responsible for 54 of McNeese's 155 points, fourth best in the nation.
Tanner Brock of Sam Houston State was named the league's defensive player of the week while Southeastern Louisiana's Xavier Roberson earned special teams honors.
The victory over West Alabama, the nation's No. 12 team in the Division II ranks at the time, moved McNeese to 3-0 on the season for the second year in a row. The Cowboys will be looking to go 4-0 for the first time since the 2007 season when they completed the regular season 11-0.
McNeese made a move up both the Sports Network and FCS Coaches polls this week, jumping one spot to No. 12 in the Sports Network while leaping five spots to No. 13 in the coaches poll.
North Dakota State continues to sit atop both polls. Eastern Washington, Montana State, Towson and Sam Houston State round out the top five in the Sports Network poll while Montana State is ranked second in the coaches polls followed by Towson, Eastern Washington and Sam Houston State.
Central Arkansas fell from 8th to No. 13 in the Sports Network poll and dropped seven spots to No. 14 in the coaches poll.