A-State’s Kennedy, McKissic earn SBC honors

JONESBORO — A pair of Arkansas State University football players received weekly recognition from the Sun Belt Conference (SBC) Monday as senior quarterback Adam Kennedy earned conference Offensive Player of the Week accolades while sophomore wide receiver J.D. McKissic was tabbed the Special Teams Player of the Week as announced by the SBC.

Both were an integral part in the Red Wolves’ 48-24 homecoming non-conference victory over Idaho on Oct. 12 at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro.

Kennedy passed for 375 yards and four touchdowns while generating 397 yards of total offense, which all were personal career single-game highs. His total offensive output was the most by a Sun Belt Conference player this season and his four passing touchdowns currently equals a league game-best this fall. The 6-5, 224-pound signal caller’s 375 passing yards represented the second highest total among all league players and ranks as the sixth most in A-State history.

McKissic, who was the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Kickoff Returner of the Week this week (Oct. 14), totaled a career game-high 125 kickoff return yards and had the most by an A-State player since 2010. McKissic returned an Idaho kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown to tie an A-State record for the third longest kickoff return and keyed a string of 17 unanswered points by the Red Wolves to end the game. He also produced a caree-rgame-most 48 punt return yards and concluded the contest with a career-high 261 all-purpose yards. McKissic averaged 62.5 yards per kickoff return and 9.6 yards a punt return in the win.

Arkansas State (3-3, 1-0 SBC) has an open week before returning to action Tuesday, Oct. 22, against the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at Liberty Bank Stadium in Jonesboro at 7 p.m., which will be televised live on ESPN2.

Stigger, Rodgers earn player honors

For the second time this season, Keaton Stigger was named Beyond College Sports Network and Great American Conference Defensive Player of the Week, while Kevin Rodgers earned GAC Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season.

Stigger earned the BCSN National honor after recording 19 tackles including 13 solo stops in Henderson State’s 45-17 win over Southwestern Oklahoma.

Playing after the passing of his grandfather earlier in the week, Stigger played one of the best games during his career at Henderson.

The linebacker from Collierville, Tenn. had two tackles for lost yardage, one sack, and two pass breakups. Stigger also broke free on 4th-and-1 and scampered 17 yards for his team-leading ninth rushing touchdown of the year.

Rodgers went over the 300-yard passing mark for the 14th time during his career, completing 29-of-40 passes for 378 yards and four touchdowns.

The junior from Rockwall, Texas has been named GAC Offensive Player of the Week 10 times in 24 games played.

Rodgers combined for 402 yards of total offense and ran his total to 70 career touchdown passes.

Reddies climb to No. 5 in AFCA Poll

After its 45-17 win over Southwestern Oklahoma, Henderson State moved up three spots and is ranked No. 5 in the latest American Football Coaches Association Top 25 poll.

The No.5 ranking is the highest-ever for the Reddies since joining the NCAA Division II level in 1993. Henderson State was ranked No. 6 in last year’s AFCA Poll at the end of the regular-season.

The Reddies lead the nation offensively averaging 608.3 yards of total offense and scoring totaling 58.5 points per game. Henderson’s defense is ranked 8th nationally allowing just 290.5 yards per game.

Henderson State travels to El Dorado on Saturday to face Arkansas Tech in the Boomtown Classic with kickoff set for 3 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.