HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana sophomore Xavier Roberson received additional weekly honors for his performance in the Lions' 37-22 victory at Northwestern State, earning Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honors in an announcement from the league office on Monday.
Roberson, an Atlanta native, is receiving his second honor in as many days, as he was selected the National Kick Returner of the Week by College Football Performance Awards on Sunday. Roberson's league honor is his second of the season, as he also earned the award on Sept. 16.
Roberson made the game-changing play midway through the third quarter with the Lions trailing 16-7. The speedy kick returner raced down the left sideline and broke several tackles on his 92-yard kickoff return for a score. The electrifying return galvanized Southeastern and helped the Lions outscore NSU, 30-9, in the second half.
Roberson, who is on the CFPA National Kick Returner of the Year watch list, is FCS' top kick returner through seven games, leading the nation with a 37.8 kickoff return average and two kickoff return touchdowns. Saturday's score was his fourth kickoff return for a touchdown of his career, extending his own school record and matching the Southland Conference career record. His 35.5 career average is also the best in program history.
Roberson and the Lions will put their four-game winning streak on the line on Saturday, when Lamar comes to town for a 7 p.m. Homecoming contest in Strawberry Stadium. The game between the Lions and the visiting Cardinals will air live on ESPN3.