BATON ROUGE -- LSU pass catcher Dwayne Bowe and defensive standouts Ali Highsmith of LSU and Jason O'Brien of Northwestern State were named the Louisiana Sports Writers Association football players of the week announced on Monday.
Bowe was named the state's top offensive player while Highsmith and O'Brien shared the defensive honor.
The players were nominated by the sports information directors of the respective universities and then voted on by a panel of LSWA members.
Bowe, a senior from Miami, Fla., caught four passes for 106 yards and a touchdown in LSU's 38-6 win over Fresno State. In the game, he tied the school record for career touchdown receptions at 21 with his 57-yard scoring reception early in the fourth quarter. He now ranks sixth in school history in career receiving yards (2,033) and seventh in career receptions (126).
Highsmith, in the same game, had eight tackles, including three tackles for losses. The junior had two sacks totaling four yards in losses and added another tackle for a two-yard loss in leading an LSU defense that limited Fresno to just six points and 211 yards of total offense. Highsmith also provided a key block on special teams that freed up Craig Davis on his 77-yard punt return for a touchdown in the first quarter.
O'Brien, the Northwestern State Demon safety, came up big for his team forcing a fumble at the Nicholls State 23 that set up the game-clinching field goal in the Demons' 9-0 victory over Nicholls State. The Abbeville senior had a team-high 13 tackles on 48 plays as the Demon defense became the first 1-AA team to shut out the Colonels since Nicholls State installed its triple-option running game in 2000. O'Brien added a quarterback hurry and graded 90 percent.
Others receiving votes this week were Louisiana Tech running back Daniel Porter, Grambling quarterback Brandon Landers (SWAC Offensive Player of the Week) and quarterback Derrick Fourroux of McNeese State on offense and Allen Nelson of McNeese State on defense.