BATON ROUGE -- LSU quarterback JaMarcus Russell won Offensive Football Player of the Week honors and joined teammate Tyson Jackson who captured Defensive Player of the Week honors in the voting for top state players by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association.
Russell, also the Southeastern Conference Offensive Player of the Week, edged out freshman Brad Scholosser of Southeastern for the honor by one vote in the panel of 11 LSWA members who voted for the weekly honor. Jackson was unopposed this week for the defensive honor.
The LSU junior quarterback from Mobile, Ala., completed his first 11 passes on his way to going 15-of-18 for 226 yards and two touchdowns in LSU's 49-0 win over Kentucky. He led LSU to touchdowns on its first four possessions of the game as the Tigers built a 28-0 halftime lead. Russell threw TD passes of seven and 48 yards to Dwayne Bowe in the first half. In the game he became the fifth LSU quarterback to throw for 5,000 career yards.
Jackson, a sophomore defensive end from Edgard, La., recorded three tackles, a sack and his first career interception in the Tigers' Kentucky triumph. The interception came at the LSU nine-yard line and kept the shutout intact for the Tigers. The sack was Jackson's sixth of the season, which leads the Southeastern Conference.