A pair of Bearkats received Southland Conference honors on Monday. According to a story appearing online at gobearkats.com, Trevor Williams was named the league’s defensive player of the week and Seth Morgan was named the special teams player of the week. The honors are the first for each player and the fifth and sixth times a Bearkat has earned an honor from the league. Williams was once again the catalyst of a Bearkat defense that showed that it is one of the top units in the FCS in a convincing win at UIW on Saturday. The Kats held the Cardinals, who ranked first in the FCS in total offense and 3rd-down efficiency along with being third in scoring, to just 14 points and 318 total yards after UIW entered averaging 599 yards and 47.6 points per game.
Sam Houston defensive lineman Jahari Kay is in the running for the top defensive honor in the FCS. According to a story appearing in the Huntsville Item, Kay was named one of 18 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award on Monday. The senior recorded 22 tackles (10 solo), eight tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception and three QB hurries in six regular-season games, as the Bearkats rolled to an undefeated Southland Conference title and No. 2 overall seed for the FCS playoffs. A 40-member national media panel will select the winner from the unprecedented 2020-21 season, which has spanned the fall and spring semesters. The recipient will be announced on May 15.
According to a story appearing in the Huntsville Item, Sam Houston head coach K.C. Keeler has been named a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award, which honors the coach of the year in the FCS, following the Bearkats’ first undefeated regular season since 2016. Keeler — who became the first Sam Houston coach to win the award during that 2016 run — was one of 16 finalists announced on Monday. This season’s winner will be announced on May 4, with a 40-member national media panel voting on the award.