From SLU Athletics
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana juniors Bryan Bennett and Marice Sutton received more recognition for their part in the Lions' 56-14 win over Stephen F. Austin, earning additional weekly honors on Monday.
Bennett, a native of Encino, Calif., was selected the Offensive Player of the Week by the Southland Conference and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association. Sutton, who hails from New Orleans, was selected the Southland Defensive Player of the Week. The Lion pair joins previous Southeastern conference players of the week Xavier Roberson (Sept. 16) and Seth Sebastian (Sept. 23).
The honors are just the latest for Bennett and Sutton, who received national recognition from College Football Performance Awards on Sunday. Bennett was named the Football Championship Subdivision National Performer and National Quarterback of the Week. Sutton, who hails from New Orleans, claimed National Defensive Back of the Week honors.
Bennett finished with season highs of 337 yards and four touchdown passes on 13 of 20 passing in the victory over the Lumberjacks. He connected on touchdown passes to junior Chris Malott (85 yards), senior Tony McCrea (82 yards), senior Marquis Fruge' (77 yards) and sophomore Jeff Smiley (15 yards). His scoring throw to Malott was the longest by the Lions since 2010.
Bennett played only one series in the second half, but was able to lead the Lions to 583 total yards. The Oregon transfer was also able to lead the Lions with 72 rushing yards, including a 53-yard scoring run to open the scoring. Bennett has rushed for seven touchdowns and passed for seven scores in his first season in Hammond.
Sutton finished with two interceptions in the victory. He returned his first pick for a touchdown, marking the second consecutive game where the St. Augustine High product scored off an interception. His second interception in the end zone thwarted a potential scoring drive.
Sutton was part of a Lion defense that held SFA, which came in ranked No. 2 nationally in total offense and No. 1 in passing offense, to 315 total yards and 139 passing yards. Sutton's second interception for a score tied the school's career and single-season records, both held by former Lion Marquis Powell. Sutton currently leads the Southland with three interceptions.
Bennett, Sutton and the Lions will be back in action on Saturday, when they travel to Northwestern State for a 6 p.m. contest in Natchitoches. The game will be broadcast on KSLU 90.9 FM, the flagship station of the Southeastern Sports Radio Network, as well as Northshore Broadcasting stations Kajun 107.1 FM and The Joint 104.7 FM. Fans can listen online at www.LionSports.net or on their smart phone using the TuneIn Radio app. LionVision subscribers can access a live video stream, provided by Northwestern State, at LionSports.net, where NSU's live stats feed will also be accessible.