It has been a wild start to the 2016 college football season in the Sun Belt Conference and this week, three players stood out for their teams. Appalachian State running back Marcus Cox, New Mexico State linebacker Rodney Butler and kicker Parker Davidson were honored with the conference’s Player of the Week awards.
Cox helped the Mountaineers, who fell to Tennessee in overtime to open the season, to a big win over the Old Dominion Monarchs. He was named the Offensive Player of the Week after he had over 100 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-7 victory.
Defensive Player of the Week Butler had a monster game against the Aggies’ in-state rival New Mexico as he recorded a career-high 24 tackles. This was the first time the Aggies defeated the Lobos since 2011 and it helped New Mexico State get to 1-1 on the season.
Davidson was named Special Teams Player of the Week and had a good day for the Aggies after he became the New Mexico State player to kick at least four field goals in a game since 1998. He made a 30-yard field goal to cut the score to just one possession before the game-winning touchdown drive.
It certainly seems as if the Sun Belt is full of talented players this season.