NIU’s Shawun Lurry captures FBS Player of the Week honors


ASN-Shawun-LurryEvery play is a chance to make a statement, Shawun Lurry says, and he made a quite a statement last week against No. 1 Ohio State.

Lurry had three of Northern Illinois’ five takeaways in a near upset of the Buckeyes to snatch ASN’s FBS Player of the Week honors.

“You’ve got to be born with great instincts, great football instincts, and I was,” Lurry said. “I look at it like every play, no matter what kind of play, you have a chance to make a statement. I’m looking to do that every play I’m out there.”

The sophomore cornerback led an outstanding defensive effort by the Huskies in a 20-13 loss. They held the Buckeyes to 13 offensive points, the fewest of Urban Meyer’s tenure at Ohio State.

Lurry’s two interceptions and 45 yards on returns set up the points that gave NIU first-half  leads of 7-3 and 10-3. He also had a fumble recovery to start another drive. And when the Huskies stopped Ohio State on a fourth down, it was Lurry who broke up a pass.

“He’s a ball hawk,” wide receiver Aregeros Turner said this week as the Huskies prepared for Saturday’s game against Boston College. “He’s been catching interceptions almost on a daily basis since he got here. So that’s not really new to us, it’s just he brought his A-game [versus Ohio State].”

Lurry, who also was named the Jim Thorpe Player of the Week and MAC West Division Defensive Player of the Week, received 49% of votes cast on

Lamar running back Kade Harrington won ASN’s FCS Player of the Week.

The FBS nominees included former UAB tailback Jordan Howard, Jalen Richard of Southern Miss and Brent Stockstill of Middle Tennessee State.

  • Howard, a junior at Indiana provided some affirmation for Conference USA, gaining 203 yards to lead Indiana’s 38-35 victory against Western Kentucky. Howard was Conference USA’s second-leading rusher last season and transferred to Indiana when the Blazers dropped football in December. He now leads the Big Ten with 507 rushing yards in three games.
  • Richard, a senior running back, gained a career-high 230 yards with four touchdowns to lead the Golden Eagles’ 56-50 victory at Texas State. He posted the fourth-highest rushing game in school history and helped Southern Miss erase a three-point halftime deficit with three second-half touchdowns, including scoring runs of 54 and 63 yards. The Golden Eagles have won consecutive games for the first time since 2011.
  • Stockstill, a redshirt freshman quarterback, continued his strong season with a career night in the Blue Raiders’ 73-14 victory against Charlotte. He threw for a career-high 369 yards and five touchdowns on 23-of-27 passing as the Blue Raiders rolled up a school-record 695 yards and scored 70 points for the second time in three weeks. They scored 70 against Jackson State in the season opener.

The final tally on

  • Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois (49%, 37 Votes)
  • Brent Stockstill, Middle Tennessee State (24%, 18 Votes)
  • Jalen Richard, Southern Miss (16%, 12 Votes)
  • Jordan Howard, Indiana (UAB) (12%, 9 Votes)

Total Voters: 76

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Above: Shawun Lurry of Northern returns one of his two interceptions against Ohio State that set up points for the Huskies. (Courtesy of Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame via Twitter)