BATON ROUGE -- LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell, Zaire Wilborn of Grambling State and Michael Williams of Southern were named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association state college football players of the week on Monday.
Russell was named the Offensive Player of the Week after the Tigers 48-17 win over Mississippi State Saturday. Wilborn and Williams were named co-Defensive Players of the Week. Wilborn's Tigers beat Prairie View, 47-7, in the State Fair Classic in Dallas, while Williams and the Jaguars took down Alabama State, 38-20.
The players of the week are chosen based on nominations from the sports information staffs of football playing schools in the state and then voted on by a panel of LSWA members around the state.
Russell, the SEC Offensive Player of the Week, threw for a career-best 330 yards and tied a career-high with three first-half touchdown passes in the win over Mississippi State. Russell led LSU on touchdown scoring drives on its first five possessions of the game. He tied a school record by completing 14 straight passes at one point during the contest and tied another school record for completion percentage by connecting on 18-of-20 passes for 90 percent. It was the highest percentage ever by a Tiger quarterback in an SEC contest.
Wilborn, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, logged nine total tackles (five solos, four assists) with 4.5 tackles for loss. He forced one fumble, recovered a fumble and had a fumble return for a 71-yard touchdown. To complete Wilborn's game, the junior from Houston added two quarterback sacks.
Williams, a sophomore cornerback from Natchez, Miss., had six tackles and two interceptions in the Jaguars' victory, including an 82-yard interception return for a touchdown to help him earn a share of the defensive honor.
Jerry Babb, the quarterback of Louisiana-Lafayette, also received offensive player votes, while LSU's Chase Pittman and McNeese State's Bryan Smith earned votes as well for defensive player of the week.