Sept. 29, 2013
Lamar senior defensive end Jesse Dickson has been named College Sports Madness Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week announced CSM Director of Business Operations Fred Wesler Sunday afternoon. It is the first time in his career that Dickson has received the honor. Dickson helped Lamar record a 27-16 come-from-behind victory at Grambling State Saturday night. The victory equaled Lamar's best start to a season since resurrecting the program.
"Jesse plays well every night and last night was no exception," said head coach Ray Woodard. "He made a lot of key plays against Grambling, whether it was a stop for a loss or deflecting a pass, that were vital in the win. The great thing about Jesse is he never takes plays off. He is a high-intensity guy with a motor that doesn't quit. Jesse goes hard every play."
Before Lamar could bat an eye it found itself in a 16-0 hole less than 10 minutes into the first quarter, but after the slow start the Cardinals didn't allow Grambling State to dent the scoreboard for the final 50 minutes. Dickson played an integral role in keeping GSU at bay until the Lamar offense found its rhythm.
Dickson recorded a team-high eight tackles including, five solo stops. Dickson was also credited with two sacks for 14 yards in losses. Dickson's two pass breakups were just as important as the sacks in completing the rally. Grambling's quarterback D.J. Williams proved to be a threat early in the game with his feet and his arm, but Dickson was able to help stall two drives by batting down passes at the line of scrimmage.
Lamar now heads into its off week preparing for the two-time defending Southland champion, and National runner-up Sam Houston State Bearkats. The game against SHSU is slated to begin at 2 p.m. from Bowers Stadium.