FRISCO, Texas (Press Release) – Stephen F. Austin senior quarterback Hunter Taylor has been named the Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week, announced today by the league office. It is the first weekly conference honor for Taylor and the third-straight for the Lumberjacks this season.
Taylor was integral in helping lead SFA to a 41-30 win over Abilene Christian Saturday night, throwing for a career-best 376 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions against the Wildcats. Taylor boasted the best passing performance for a Lumberjack quarterback since Brady Attaway’s 505-yard, five touchdown game against Sam Houston State in 2013, registering touchdown passes of 37, 18, seven and three yards.
In addition to his 376 passing yards, Taylor also rushed for 16 yards, giving him 392 yards of total offense on the night. The accolade comes on the heels of the Whitehouse native being named the American Sports Network Game Changer of the Week, throwing the game-winning touchdown pass in the win over 13th-ranked McNeese on September 17th.
In the win over ACU, Taylor eclipsed the 1,000-yard passing mark for his career, sitting at 1,029 yards with 11 touchdowns. Taylor is now the 27th player in Lumberjack history to reach 1,000 career passing yards, already setting a personal best with 481 passing yards and six touchdowns in 2016.
With the accolade for Taylor, it marks the third-straight week SFA has captured a conference Player of the Week honor, adding to the honors for Storm Ruiz (special teams – Sept. 12) andZach Conque (offensive – Sept. 19). It marks the first time since 2004 the Lumberjacks have claimed three-straight Player of the Week honors with Derek Farmer (offensive – Sept. 13),Jeremy Davis (defensive – Sept. 20) and Ryan Rossner (special teams – Sept. 27).
Central Arkansas claimed a pair of winners following its victory over FBS foe Arkansas State as George Odum captured defensive honors and Tremon Smith was the special teams honoree.Price Miller earned honorable mention honors defensively for the Lumberjacks after his 15-tackle performance against the Wildcats
Taylor and the rest of the Lumberjacks now prepare to renew one of the top rivalries in the state of Texas, heading to Houston for the 91st installment of the Battle of the Piney Woods. SFA and rival Sam Houston State kick off at 3 p.m. Saturday from NRG Stadium, renewing the fourth-oldest active rivalry in the state of Texas.