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  2023 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jaylon Spears, Nicholls,...The electric Jaylon Spears put up terrific numbers throughout the year, especially as an all-purpose back, finishing with 126.80 all-purpose yards, good for first in the Southland and 12th in the nation. Anytime Spears touched the ball, good things seemed to happen for the Colonels as he averaged a whopping 6.75 yards per carry, good for ninth in the nation, and has 12 explosive plays throughout the season, which classifies as offensive plays that go for 20 or more yards.

As dangerous as he was as a running back, he was equally as dangerous catching the ball, averaging 18.29 yards per reception. Spears finished with 1,286 all-purpose yards, including 709 rushing and 256 receiving to go with nine touchdowns. He especially came on strong towards the end of the year, finishing with 100 or more yards for scrimmage in his final four games, including a 206-yard, three-score game against Lamar to clinch the Southland title. Spears is the first Nicholls player to earn Player of the Year honors since Sully Laiche in 2019. He is only the third-ever Colonel to earn the honor, joining Laiche and 2018 winner Chase Fourcade. - Southland Conference Football


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  2023 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Mark Barthelemy, Nicholls,...Mark Barthelemy was a stalwart on a dominant Nicholls offensive front as he earned Southland Offensive Lineman of the Year. Barthelemy anchored a Nicholls offense that averages 162.4 rushing yards per game and has only allowed 1.70 sacks per game this season. Those numbers rose in conference play as the Nicholls offense rushed for 219.7 yards per game and averaged 33.2 points per game. - Southland Conference Football

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  2023 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Rasheed Lovelace, Nicholls,...Starting at nose tackle as a redshirt freshman, Rasheed Lovelace earned Southland Freshman of the Year with 25 tackles, 2.5 for loss, and 0.5 sacks. He came on late in the second during conference play as he recorded his first career interception in the win over Lamar and his best game statistically at Texas A&M-Commerce, where he had six tackles and his half sack. Lovelace was named a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, which honors the nation's top freshman. - Southland Conference Football

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  2022 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Eli Ennis, Nicholls,...Freshman of the Year honors went to Eli Ennis of Nicholls. The linebacker is a Jerry Rice Award nominee and led the conference in tackles for loss at 1.11 per game. He's the first Colonel to win this award since 2004. - Southland Conference Football

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  NOV 14 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eli Ennis, Nicholls - LB - Fr. - Ohatchee, Ala. (Ohatchee HS),...Ennis earns defensive player of the week honors for the second time this season after recording eight tackles, one pass break up, four quarterback hurries and the game-winning sack for a safety in the victory over A&M-Commerce. With the game tied in the fourth quarter, Ennis blitzed and forced the Lion quarterback to run out of the back of the end zone for a 12-10 Colonel lead. Nicholls held on to the victory as Ennis and the defense allowed less than 300 yards of total offense. Honorable Mention: Amaud Willis-Dalton, McNeese; Donniel Ward-Magee, Southeastern. - Southland Football

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  NOV 14 FEDEX GROUND FCS NATIONAL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Eli Ennis, Nicholls, OLB, Fr., 6-2, 205, Ohatchee, Alabama,...Ennis helped Nicholls pitch a shutout over the final three quarters of a 12-10 win against Texas A&M-Commerce in the Southland. With the game tied in the fourth quarter, he pressured the Lions quarterback out of the back of the end zone for a decisive safety. Considered a sack, it was Ennis' biggest play, but he also finished with eight tackles, including four solos, four QB hurries and a pass breakup. Honorable Mention: Riley Callaghan, PK, Southeastern Louisiana; Rex Connors, DB, UC Davis; Josh Cuevas, TE, Cal Poly; Cameron Dyson, LB, Howard; Shane Hamm, QB, Dayton; Censere Lee, WR, Western Carolina; Gevani McCoy, QB, Idaho; Fred Perry, S, Jacksonville State; Sam Phillips, WR, Chattanooga; Joshua Pitsenberger, RB, Yale; Noah Walters, QB, North Alabama. - STATS FCS Football

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  Eli Ennis chased Texas A&M-Commerce quarterback Jaiave Magalei out of the back of the end zone midway through the fourth quarter and the resulting safety proved to be the difference in Nicholls' 12-10 win over the Lions on Saturday. Texas A&M-Commerce took a 10-0 lead in the first quarter, then could not reach the end zone the rest of the way. Gavin Lasseigne converted a 32-yard field goal to get the Colonels on the board and cut the deficit to 10-3 at intermission. Al'Dontre Davis came down with Kohen Granier's 25-yard jump ball in the end zone to tie the game at 10 to start the second half. Nicholls (3-7, 3-2 Southland) pinned the Lions (5-5, 3-3) deep after a punt, and on third and 11 the Nicholls pass rush burst through the line and Ennis led a chase party that forced Magalei to step across the end line. Granier was 18 of 32 for 168 yards but was intercepted twice. Julien Gums had the fourth 100-yard rushing game of the season and the 15th of his career, picking up 124 yards on 21 carries. The Lions got 179 yards from three passers and managed just 67 yards on the ground. - AP College Football

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  OCT 24 SOUTHLAND DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Eli Ennis, Nicholls - LB - Fr. - Ohatchee, Ala. (Ohatchee HS),...Ennis had a game-high 11 tackles and none bigger than his stop on 4th-and-1 to ultimately secure the win for the Colonels. Ennis started his day by blowing up a toss in the backfield for a forced fumble, then added his first career sack. With the Colonels nursing a five-point lead late in the game, Ennis was able to stop the Southland's leading rusher Deonta McMahon for no gain on the fourth-down try. He finished the day with 2.0 TFLs and a quarterback hurry. Honorable Mention: Herman Christophe, Southeastern. - Southland Football

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  Julien Gums rushed for 110 yards and scored the winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter to lift Nicholls State to a 40-35 win over McNeese State on Saturday. The Colonels (2-6, 2-1 Southland Conference) scored three straight touchdowns in the third quarter to take a 34-29 lead. The Cowboys led after a 12-play, 80-yard drive that was capped by Deonta McMahon's 9-yard run in the first minute of the fourth quarter. But then Gums promptly put Nicholls back on top. McNeese chewed up almost five minutes before losing the ball on downs at the Nichols 25.

The Cowboys then ran out the last five minutes. Collin Guggenheim's second short TD run started the rally for the Colonels. James Tobin followed that less than a minute later with a 30-yard interception return. The lead came when Kohen Granier and Terry Matthews hooked up for an 89-yard catch and run. Granier was 19-of-37 passing for 339 yards but had two interceptions. Deonta McMahon ran for 115 yards and three touchdowns for the Cowboys (1-6, 0-3). - Nicholls State/AP College Football


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  OCT 10 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Alex Villavaso, Nicholls - LB - Fr. - Houma, La. (Vandebilt Catholic HS),...Villavaso recorded two sacks to help Nicholls' defensive efforts in the Colonels' 19-17 win at HCU. His first sack in the opening quarter forced an HCU fumble and set up a long Nicholls drive. Honorable Mention: Michael Noble, Texas A&M-Commerce. - Southland Conference Football

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  OCT 10 SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE Special Teams Player of the Week: Gavin Lasseigne, Nicholls - K - Jr. - Raceland, La. (Central Lafourche HS),...Lasseigne's leg was instrumental on Saturday, as he scored 13 points in the Colonels' 19-17 win at HCU. He made 4-of-5 field goals, converting from 27, 21, 52, and 43 yards, and also made his only PAT attempt. The 52-yarder was a career long and the fifth-longest field goal by an FCS kicker this season. The 43-yarder came as the clock hit zeroes, giving the Colonels the victory after HCU took the lead with less than a minute to play. - Southland Conference Football

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  OCT 10 STATS FCS NATIONAL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Gavin Lasseigne, Nicholls, PK, Jr., 5-11, 190, Raceland, Louisiana,...Lasseigne kicked a career-high four field goals, including a 43-yarder as time expired to lift Nicholls past Houston Christian 19-17 for its first victory of the season. His career-long 52-yard field goal earlier in the fourth quarter gave the Colonels a 16-14 lead, but HCU went back in front on a field goal with 43 seconds left. Lasseigne accounted for 13 of the Colonels' 19 points in the Southland matchup. Honorable Mention: Chris Campos, PK, Stephen F. Austin; Skyler Davis, PK, Elon; Clayborne Fields III, S/PR, Marist; Jake Gerardi, P, Southern Utah; Devin Haskins, CB/ST, Holy Cross; Jimmy Iles, P, Grambling State; Tyler Keltner, PK, ETSU; Tyler Larco, PK/P, UT Martin; Jalen Mason, KR, Stetson; Hunter Nichols, S/KR, San Diego; Elias Spence, TE/ST, Portland State. - Stats FCS Football

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  Gavin Lasseigne's 52-yard field goal with about ten minutes to play was the only score of the fourth quarter, but it was enough to get Nicholls past Houston Christian 16-14 on Saturday night for its first win of the season. Leonard Kelly completed 24-and 16-yard passes as Nicholls (1-5, 1-1) converted on third downs twice that helped set up Lasseigne's game-winning kick. Justin Fomby threw a 40-yard touchdown pass to Karl Reynolds to pull Houston Christian to 13-7 with 4:52 remaining in the third quarter. Nicholls turned the ball over with fumbles on its next two possessions before Fomby's 5-yard TD pass to Deon Cormier gave the Huskies the lead heading into the fourth. Collin Guggenheim had 82 yards rushing with a 2-yard touchdown run for Nicholls. Lasseigne also made field goals from 27 and 21 yards in the first half. Kelly completed 17 of 28 passes for 195 yards. Fomby was 18-of-28 passing for 216 yards and threw an interception for Houston Christian (2-3, 1-1). - AP College Football

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  2022 PRESEASON STATS PERFORM FCS THIRD TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: OL - Evan Roussel, 6-2, 290, sophomore, Nicholls,...A native of Lutcher, Louisiana, Roussel has started at center in his first two seasons at Nicholls, helping the Colonels to one of the top rushing offenses in the FCS. In 2021, the Colonel offense ranked fifth in the country with 246.7 yards rushing per game as the backfield featured top two rushers in the Southland. Both returning running backs from last season, Collin Guggenheim and Julien Gums, averaged 6.4 yards per carry for the Colonels in the fall.

The offensive line was also outstanding in pass protection, ranking first in the nation in fewest tackles for loss and was eighth in sacks allowed. Roussel has garnered All-Southland in each of his first two campaigns and was a 2022 Preseason All-Southland First-Team selection. He was one of five players from the Southland Conference to be named to the Stats Perform list, joined by UIW's Taylor Grimes (1st) and Kelechi Anyalebechi (2nd), and Southeastern's Ferlando Jordan (1st) and Zy Alexander (2nd). - Nicholls Football


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  2022 PRESEASON WALTER PAYTON AWARD WATCH LIST: RB Julien Gums, Nicholls, Sr., 5-10, 230,...A native of New Orleans, Gums enters his final campaign with over 2,500 career rushing yards and 32 touchdowns. A two-time All-Southland selection, Gums was on track for another stellar season in the fall before it was cut short with an injury. He rushed for 139 yards on 19 carries in the win over North Alabama and then totaled 105 on just six carries in the opening quarter against HBU. The performances were his 10th and 11th 100-yard games for his career, setting a new program record. Gums was an All-Southland Second Team selection in the spring. His breakout season was in 2019 where he set the single-season rushing records with 1,232 yards and 16 touchdowns. - Nicholls Football

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