Dominique Hill named SLC Defensive Player of the Week
FRISCO, Texas – Coming off an NCAA record-breaking night with four pass interceptions returned for touchdowns, McNeese’s Dominique Hill has been named this week’s Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week presented by UniversalCoin.com, the league announced on Monday.
In addition, Hill, who had the third of the four pick-sixes, garnered honorable mention honors for the STATS national defensive player of the week.
Hill, a senior from Mansfield and the Cowboys’ Buck Safety, collected five tackles and one-and-a-half tackles for a loss in Saturday’s 55-7 conference win over Incarnate Word to move McNeese to 6-1 on the season and 4-1 in league play. It was McNeese’s sixth straight win, the third-longest winning streak in the FCS.
As a defensive unit, the Cowboys picked off a total of five passes, the most in a game since intercepting five at Incarnate Word in 2014.
The four touchdown returns set a new school single-game record while tying a Southland Conference and NCAA all-division mark.
The record, which is now held by five different teams was first set by Houston in 1987. It was matched by Millikin of the Division III ranks in 1999. Northwestern State became the third team to hit the mark in 2003 while setting a new conference record, and was met by Nicholls in 2007.
SLC offensive player of the week honors went to Stephen F. Austin running back Kijana Amous while Davion Davis of Sam Houston State was voted as the special teams player of the week.
This marks Hill’s first player of the week in his career.
The Cowboys will be back in action on Saturday when it visits first place Central Arkansas at 6 p.m. on ESPN3.