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  2021 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Cole Kelley, Southeastern,...A four-time Offensive Player of the Week, Kelley currently ranks among the top-10 in single-season conference history in completion percentage (1st, 74.2), total offense (3rd, 4,824), passing yards (5th, 4,382), completions (6th, 339) and touchdown passes (7th, 38). In conference play, he completed 240-of-324 passes (74.1 percent) for 3,180 yards, 28 touchdowns and just three interceptions. Kelley also ran for 359 yards and 12 touchdowns against league foes. - Southland Conference Football

(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  2021 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Gage Larvadain, Southeastern,...The Freshman of the Year title goes to Southeastern wide receiver and return specialist Gage Larvadain, who finished sixth nationally in kickoff return average (29.4) in addition to snagging 32 passes for 484 yards and five touchdowns. He averaged 123.3 all-purpose yards per game over the final seven contests. Larvadain had a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the win over Nicholls and caught the second-most passes in program history with 12 against UIW. - Southland Conference Football

(DS#999 WR) Fr/2025 WR Gage LarvadainSoutheastern Louisiana
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  Cole Kelley threw three touchdown passes and ran for a fourth in the first half and Southeastern Louisiana cruised to a 56-28 win over Northwestern State on Saturday. Kelly threw 39 yards to Anthony Spurlock on the Lions' opening drive, then punched it in from the 1 to make it 14-0 after one quarter, threw 38 yards to Gage Larvadain and hit Spurlock again from 9 yards out with four seconds left in the half for a 35-7 halftime lead. Kelley threw a fourth touchdown pass in the third quarter, hitting Damien Dawson from 35 yards out. Kelley finished 19 of 22 for 363 yards and four touchdowns without a turnover for Southeastern Louisiana (8-2, 6-1 Southland). Kaleb Fletcher was 22 of 36 for 226 yards and two touchdowns to lead Northwestern State (2-8, 2-5), but was picked off twice. Fletcher carried 20 times for 52 yards and two touchdowns. Curtis Williams carried 11 times for 96 yards. - AP College Football

(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  Cole Kelley passed for two touchdowns and ran for another score and Southeastern Louisiana beat McNeese 23-20 Saturday night for the Lions' sixth consecutive win. Kelley threw a 1-yard TD pass to Damien Dawson late in the third quarter that capped a 12-play 77-yard drive that gave Southeastern Louisiana (7-1, 5-0 Southland Conference) the lead for good at 10-7. McNeese went three-and-out on its ensuing drive and, on the Lions' next play from scrimmage, Kelley dropped an arcing pass into the arms of Austin Mitchell who raced for a 77-yard touchdown and, after the PAT attempt was blocked, make it a nine-point lead.

The Cowboys (3-5, 2-3) again went three-and-out before forcing Southeastern Louisiana to punt but Brennon Dingle forced returner Mason Pierce to fumble and Anthony Spurlock recovered at the McNeese 21. Four plays later, Kelley powered his way into the end zone from 1 yard out on a designed run to give the Lions a 23-7 lead with 8:11 to play. Deonta McMahon scored on a 3-yard run and Cody Orgeron added a 7-yarder to pull McNeese within three points with 41 seconds left but Southeastern Louisiana recovered the onside kick to preserve the victory. Orgeron was 17-of-32 passing for 195 yards with a 20-yard TD pass to Pierce and finished with 20 carries for 95 yards for the Cowboys. - Southeastern Louisiana/AP College Football


(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  Cole Kelley completed 31-of-38 passes for 396 yards and five touchdowns and Southeastern Louisiana beat Houston Baptist 61-24 on Saturday. Kelley completed passes to 13 different receivers and spread his five scores across four recipients. Kelley threw two touchdowns to Austin Mitchell. The Lions (5-0, 3-1 Southland Conference), ranked 11th in the FCS, reached double-digit point totals in each quarter: 13, 21, 10 and 17. They outgained the Huskies (0-6, 0-3) in total yards 634-295. Southeastern Louisiana entered the game averaging 556.6 yards and 48.6 points per game while leading the nation in third down conversion percentage (58.1%). The Lions were 8 for 12 on third down. Orion Olivas threw for three touchdowns for Houston Baptist. The Huskies's last win was Oct. 3, 2020 when they beat Eastern Kentucky 33-30. - Southeastern Louisiana/AP College Football

(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  OCT 11 STATS FCS NATIONAL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Cole Kelley, Southeastern Louisiana, QB, Sr., 6-7, 260, Lafayette, Louisiana,...The reigning Walter Payton Award winner set career bests with five touchdown passes and seven total touchdowns while fueling SLU's Top 25 win (58-48) over Nicholls in the Southland Conference. He completed 29 of 38 passes for 406 yards with one interception, and had 14 carries for 55 yards and two scores. He has accounted for 2,202 yards of total offense and 25 TDs in the Lions' 4-1 start. Honorable Mention: Nic Baker, QB, Southern Illinois; Davis Cheek, QB, Elon; Jake Chisholm, RB, Dayton; Malik Grant, RB, Sacred Heart; Ren Hefley, QB, Presbyterian; Peterson Kerlegrand, RB, Indiana State; Isaiah Malcome, RB, Penn; Parker McKinney, QB, Eastern Kentucky; Antoine Murray, WR, Howard; Xavier Shepherd, QB, Kennesaw State; Pierre Strong Jr., RB, South Dakota State; Mataio Talalemotu, WR, Portland State; Devin Wynn, RB, Furman. - STATS FCS Football

(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  Cole Kelley, the reigning Walter Payton Award winner, threw for 406 yards and five touchdowns as Southeastern Louisiana defeated Nicholls 58-48 in a Southland Conference free-for-all on Saturday. Kelley, for the second straight week, was also the Lions leading rusher with 14 carries for 55 yards and two more touchdowns. Southeastern Louisiana (4-1, 2-0 Southland Conference), ranked No. 14 in the FCS coaches poll, trailed 7-0 just 2-1/2-minutes into the game. But Kelley fired two straight touchdown passes - an 8-yarder to Nick Kovacs and 1-yard to Damien Dawson - before running into the end zone himself as the Lions grabbed a 21-7 lead and never trailed again.

Nursing a 52-42 lead midway through the fourth quarter, Kelley fired his fifth touchdown pass - a 28-yarder to Ivan Drobocky - while being wrapped up in an imminent sack. Lindsey Scott kept Nicholls (2-3, 1-1) in the hunt with 298 yards passing with three touchdowns as well as rushing 16 times for 108 yards and another TD. It was Scott's fourth-straight 100-yard rushing game. Daiā€™Jean Dixon had 11 catches for 171 yards for the Colonels, becoming just the 10th player in Southland history to reach 200 career receptions. He also set a program record with his twelfth 100-yard receiving game, passing Mark Carrier, who went on to an NFL career. - AP College Football


(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  Cole Kelley threw for 391 yards and three touchdowns and Southeastern Louisiana held off a late-charging McNeese 38-35 in a Southland Conference clash on Saturday. Kelley was 36-for-49 passing and overcame an interception on his first pass attempt of the game. McNeese turned the pick into a touchdown four plays later when Stephon Henderson ran in from the 1. Kelley knotted the score at 7-7 with a 13-yard scoring toss to Nick Kovacs on the Lions next possession and, after a McNeese three-and-out, Kelley ran in from the 1.

Southeastern Louisiana (3-1, 1-0), ranked No. 15 in the FCS coaches poll, had scored 40 points in a school-record seven straight contests dating to last season. The Lions, ranked third in FCS with 554.7 yards of offense per game, gained 546 on Saturday. McNeese (1-4, 0-2), after trailing by 17 at halftime, scored 28 points in the second half, pulling within 38-35 on Mason Pierce's run from the 3-yard line. The Cowboys tried an onside kick, but Southeastern Louisiana recovered and ran out the final 3:22, converting a fourth-and-1. Pierce had six catches for 79 yards and two touchdowns. Cody Orgeron went 14-for-23 passing for 246 yards and three touchdowns. Orgeron also ran 13 times for 77 yards. Until Saturday, the home team had won the previous seven meetings between the Lions and the Cowboys. - Southeastern Louisiana/AP College Football


(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  Cole Kelley threw for 444 yards and four touchdowns to help Southeastern Louisiana beat Central Connecticut 56-10 on Saturday. Kelley was 25-of-33 passing, and he also rushed for a touchdown. Kelley passed for 338 yards and two touchdowns in the first half to help SE Louisiana lead 28-3. Austin Mitchell topped 100 yards receiving by halftime. Mitchell finished with 116 yards and a score, and CJ Turner added 119 yards receiving and two touchdowns for SE Louisiana (2-1), which dropped a 45-42 shootout at FBS foe Louisiana Tech last Saturday.

The Lions have scored 40 points or more in seven straight games - the longest such streak in school history - dating to last season. Kelley connected with Mitchell for a 52-yard touchdown for a 14-3 lead. Jessie Britt capped a four-play, 55-yard drive with a 1-yard score for a 21-3 lead, and Taron Jones ran for a 2-yard score to make it 28-3. Romelo Williams passed for 148 yards with one touchdown and one interception for Central Connecticut (1-2), which travels to Miami (Fla.) next week to face its second ACC opponent in program history. - Southeastern Louisiana/AP College Football


(DS#9 QB) rSr/2022 QB Cole KelleySoutheastern Louisiana
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  Cole Kelley threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns and Southeastern Louisiana beat North Alabama 49-28 on Saturday in a season opener. Jaylen Gipson threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Tak Kennebrew to give North Alabama a 21-20 lead with 9:37 left in the third quarter for its last lead of the game. Southeastern Louisiana proceeded to score three touchdowns in its next four drives and used a pick-6 to seal the deal. Taron Jones crashed in from three yards out, Kelley ran it from nine yards, Ferland Jordan intercepted Gipson and returned it 41 yards and Cephus Johnson III ran it in from 15 yards out to end the scoring. Gipson threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns for the Lions. - AP College Football

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  Former Arkansas quarterback Cole Kelley won the Walter Payton Award on Saturday as the best offensive player in the NCAA's Football Championship Subdivision. Kelley, who is in his second season at Southeastern Louisiana, is the 34th player to win the Payton Award, which is named for the Pro Football Hall of Fame running back who played college football at Jackson State. Before 1995, the Payton Award was presented to the most outstanding player in the FCS, but was changed to recognize the best offensive player after the Buck Buchanan Award was created for the nation's best defensive player.

Past winners of the Payton Award include Steve McNair, Tony Romo, Brian Westbrook and Jimmy Garoppolo. Kelley received 16 first-place votes and edged Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere for the award. Kelley led the FCS with 2,662 passing yards and was fourth nationally with 18 touchdown passes during the 2020 season, which was played this spring due to the covid-19 pandemic. He also rushed for 7 touchdowns and caught 2 touchdowns in 7 games. - Northwest Arkansas Times


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  MARCH 15 SOUTHLAND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana, Junior, Cornerback, Atlanta, Ga.,...The junior corner blocked a 22-yard Eddie Godina attempt on the final play of the first half to keep the Lions within seven going into the break. With the score knotted at 24-24 on NSU's final drive, Jordan blocked Godina's 40-yard potential game-winner and set up SLU's game-winning drive. Honorable Mention: Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Craig Walker, Nicholls. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school's sports information director. Voting for one's own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. - Southland Football

(DS#81 CB) rSr/2022 CB Ferlando JordanSoutheastern Louisiana
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  MARCH 8 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Ferlando Jordan, Southeastern Louisiana, Junior, Cornerback, Atlanta, Ga.,...With the game knotted at 3-3 in the opening period, Jordan picked off Cody Orgeron at the Lions' 10-yard line to halt the scoring drive. In the final quarter, Jordan forced Orgeron to cough up the ball just four yards from a potential go-ahead touchdown with just over two minutes to play. Jordan finished the game with three solo tackles. Honorable Mention: Kelechi Anyalebechi, UIW; Kevin Moore III, Nicholls; Jomard Valsin, Northwestern State. - Southland Football

(DS#81 CB) rSr/2022 CB Ferlando JordanSoutheastern Louisiana
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  MARCH 8 SOUTHLAND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mateo Rengifo, Southeastern Louisiana, Junior, Kicker, Lawrenceville, Ga.,...Rengifo was a perfect four-for-four on field-goals and connected on one of his two extra-point tries with one being blocked. He accounted for the team's first six points with a 27-yarder in the first quarter and a 29-yarder in the second. Proving to be the difference-maker, he added a 32-yard three-pointer to extend the lead to 22-13 in the third quarter. Rengifo scored the final points of the game with a make from 33 yards to seal the 25-20 win. Honorable Mention: Donovan Duvernay, Northwestern State; Bailey Giffen, Lamar; Carson Mohr, UIW. - Southland Football

(DS#999 K) Sr/2022 K Mateo RengifoSoutheastern Louisiana
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  A day after news broke that LSU defensive tackle Nelson Jenkins was opting out of the 2020 season, Jenkins announced on Twitter that he's decided to stay. LSU coach Ed Orgeron said Tuesday that Jenkins informed the coaching staff that he was opting out, and, at the time, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound sophomore was not with the football team. "That's all I know," Orgeron said. "I haven't had contact with Nelson in at least two weeks." - Baton Rouge Advocate

(DS#999 DT) rJr/2023 DT Nelson Jenkins IIISoutheastern Louisiana
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