Nicholls Duo, SFA’s Ruiz Awarded Final Southland Football Weekly Honors

first_imgHonorable Mention: Shemar Bartholomew, Northwestern State; Tra Fluellen, Houston Baptist; Kody Fulp, McNeese; Gary Sampson, Stephen F. Austin. Honorable Mention: Gavin Lasseigne, Nicholls; Hayden Ray, Central Arkansas; Devonte Williams, Southeastern La. Defensive Player of the Week: Kevin Moore III, Nicholls – Jr. – Safety – Lafayette, La.The Colonels’ leading tackler all season, safety Kevin Moore’s final stop of the regular season helped Nicholls to a thrilling one-point victory in the title match against Southeastern Louisiana. Facing a second-and-goal at the 2 with 21 seconds remaining, the Colonel defense stuffed Lion quarterback Cole Kelley on a rush and Moore was able to knock the ball away on his hit, and Nicholls recovered it in front of the goal line. Special Teams Player of the Week: Storm Ruiz, Stephen F. Austin – Sr. – Kicker – League City, TexasRuiz played a vital role in a rivalry game win over Northwestern State, accounting for nearly half of the ‘Jacks points with three made field goals and three extra-points. He converted three-pointers from distances of 54, 41 and 44 yards, finishing his career as the Southland Conference leader in career field goal percentage (78.1) and wrapping up 116-for-116 on PATs. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on 25 percent of ballots. A senior kicker who will go down as one of the finest in league history statistically, Ruiz earns Special Teams Player of the Week honors for the second time this season following a 15-point performance in a 32-20 win over Northwestern State. All three of his made field goals were from 41 yards or further, including a 54-yard conversion. He finished his career 116-for-116 on extra points and posted the highest career field-goal percentage (78.1) in league history. Moore finished with a game-high 11 tackles as the Colonels were able to slow down a red-hot Lion offense that averaged 42 points in its four-game winning streak. FRISCO, Texas – Nicholls’ Dai’Jean Dixon and Kevin Moore III, along with Stephen F. Austin’s Storm Ruiz are the Southland Football Players of the Week, the league announced Monday. While Dixon’s score gave Nicholls the lead late, it was Moore’s crucial stop of Lions quarterback Cole Kelley at the goal line that secured the victory and garnered Defensive Player of the Week honors. The Colonel defense stuffed Kelley at the goal line and Moore’s forced fumble was recovered by Nicholls. The Colonels host North Dakota in the first round of the FCS playoffs at 3 p.m. Saturday. Offensive Player of the Week: Dai’Jean Dixon, Nicholls – Jr. – Wide Receiver – New Orleans, La.Dixon had a career night against Southeastern Louisiana, hauling in nine receptions for 190 yards and three touchdowns. With Nicholls trailing in the final two minutes in the winner-take-all matchup, Dixon caught a 57-yard touchdown pass that tied the game before the extra point gave the Colonels the lead. Earlier in the contest, Nicholls fell behind 14-0 before Dixon broke free for a 48-yard touchdown in the second quarter. He then followed up with a highlight 2-yard grab that tied the game before halftime. Dixon, who is averaging 122.3 yards in his seven games played, set a new career-high for the second straight week, besting his eight grabs for 185 last week against McNeese. Following a career night against Southeastern Louisana, Dixon picks up his first Offensive Player of the Week recognition after catching nine passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns in a 28-27 win in the River Bell Classic. The win clinched a share of the Southland Conference title and the league’s automatic bid to the FCS playoffs for the Colonels (8-4, 7-2 SLC). Dixon hauled in a 57-yard bomb from Chase Fourcade for the eventual game-winning score.   Honorable Mention: Chandler Harvin, Sam Houston State; Tyler Hudson, Central Arkansas; Justin Pratt, McNeese; Ben Ratzlaff, Houston Baptist.last_img read more

ASA Calls for Expanded Food Assistance Program to Russia

first_imgDuring testimony before the House Agriculture Committee today, American Soybean Association (ASA) President Marc Curtis called on Congress to support an expanded food aid program to Russia in FY-2000. Curtis urged immediate action on ASA’s food aid proposal to utilize soybeans and soy products, and for the U.S. government to accept Russia’s request for one million metric tons of soybeans and soybean meal, and 100,000 tons of soybean oil.The food aid programs are key to a government response to low prices for soybeans and other farm commodities. The last U.S. Department of Agriculture Supply and Disappearance Report projected a near record soybean crop of more than 2.8 billion bushels, and an increase in soybean carryover stocks to more than 500 million bushels in September 2000.”Soybean prices are now sliding toward harvest low levels,” said Curtis, a Leland, Miss. soybean grower. “From our perspective, there is no reason to delay announcing a substantial food aid program to expand soy exports in the coming year.”Curtis called on the Administration to act immediately on the food assistance proposal that ASA presented to Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman last March. The 21-page proposal identified potential markets where $1.0 billion in soybeans, soybean meal and soybean oil could be sold on concessional terms or donated under existing U.S. Department of Agriculture authorities. ASA and the National Oilseed Processors Association developed the list to ensure that commercial exports would not be significantly displaced.In support of Russia’s ability to utilize U.S. soybeans, Curtis cited the findings of ASA Board member Corwin Fee, a soybean producer from Knoxville, Iowa, who recently returned from Russia where he met with several oilseed processors in Moscow. Some of the Russian processors told Fee that U.S. soybeans allowed them to run their plants and put people to work for the first time in more than a year.”Without U.S. government financial assistance, there would be no exports to Russia,” Curtis said. “Without these substantial exports to Russia, more soybeans will remain in the United States, depressing market prices and soybean producer income. This is clearly a win-win situation for both Russia and U.S. soybean producers.”In FY-1999, Russia received 200,000 metric tons of soybeans and 300,000 metric tons of soybean meal as part of the 3.1 million ton U.S. food aid package for Russia. Prior to its collapse, the Soviet Union was a major importer of soybeans, averaging 1.2 million metric ton annually in the 1980s.last_img read more