Nov. 18, 2013
FRISCO, Texas -
Junior quarterback Caleb Berry and freshman kicker Alex Ball have been named Southland Conference Players of the Week announced league officials Monday morning. It marks the first time this season that Berry and Ball have received the honor.
"Both Caleb and Alex played a huge role in our win Saturday over Stephen F. Austin," said head coach Ray Woodard. "For Alex, it was an incredible job. To hit four consecutive field goals with the pressure he faced was remarkable. I think on the last one I was more nervous than he was. He showed a lot of maturity in the game.
"As the game was moving along, I knew Caleb was accurate, but I wasn't aware that he was that close to a school record. Our game plan was to try and keep their offense off the field for as long as we could, and I felt like we did a pretty good job of that. That is a credit to Caleb's leadership on the field," added Woodard.
Berry received offensive player of the week honors following one of the best performances of his career. He completed his first 19 attempts, and finished the game with a school-record 43 completions. The single-game record wasn't the lone highlight of the night, as Berry finished the game with two single-season records as well. His third completion of the night made him Lamar's new single-season record holder in completions. Berry would go on to set a new single-season mark for total offense in Saturday's win over rival Stephen F. Austin.
Berry finished the night completing 43-of-55 (.782) passes for 393 yards and three touchdowns. He also carried the ball 10 times for 17 yards.
The league's special teams player of the week, Ball recorded the final highlight of the Cards' thrilling victory over Stephen F. Austin. Berry drilled a 41-yard game-winning field goal with only 15 seconds remaining on the clock to ice the come-from-behind victory. Ball scored 16 points on the night and was a perfect 4-of-4 on field goals. He converted kicks from 28, 35, 26 and 41 yards.
In addition to the conference weekly superlative, Ball has also been named the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Placekicker of the Week. It is the first time in Ball's career that he has received the honor.
Lamar returns to action Saturday to face rival No. 6 McNeese State in the 2013 regular-season finale. The game against the Cowboys is slated to begin at 6 p.m. from Provost Umphrey Stadium.