Russell is LSWA's offensive P.O.T.W.

The quarterback who engineered LSU's fourth quarter winning touchdown and the Southland Conference's Defensive Player of the Week from McNeese State earned the first Louisiana Sports Writers Association college football player of the week honors announced Tuesday.

LSU's JaMarcus Russell tossed a 39-yard pass on fourth down for the winning score in the Tigers' 35-31 win at Arizona State last week, while McNeese's Trey Bennett helped the Cowboys in a 23-20 win at Statesboro, Ga.

Russell, a sophomore from Mobile, completed 16-of-29 passes for a career-best 232 yards and the touchdown in the contest. The 16 completions were also a career high. The Tigers were trailing 31-28 with a fourth down and 10 situation on the ASU 39 when Russell connected with Early Doucet for the game-winning touchdown. Russell directed scoring drives of 91, 80 and 80 yards for the Tigers in running his record to 5-0 as LSU's starting quarterback.

Bennett led the Cowboys with 14 tackles (10 unassisted) and also had one and a half sacks. The Cowboys defense held Georgia Southern to 291 yards rushing, down from 474 in Georgia Southern's first game. Bennett's sacks came in the opponent's final drives with his first sack moving the ball out to field goal range 19 yards from the McNeese 27 to the McNeese 46. His second sack was a combo effort with Allen Nelson on fourth down.

The ballot for offensive and defensive player each week are set up based on nominees by the sports information directors in the state and then voted on by a panel of LSWA members around the state.

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