Kishawn McClain and Tyler Wilson Named C-USA Players of the Week
McClain Took Home Defensive Honors, While Wilson Earned Special Teams Recognition
IRVING – North Texas junior safety Kishawn McClain and freshman wide receiver Tyler Wilson each earned player of the week honors following their standout performances in the double overtime win at Rice this past week, Conference USA announced Monday. McClain garnered Defensive Player of the Week acclaim, while Wilson was named Special Teams Player of the Week. C-USA Players of the Week are voted on by a panel of the league’s media members.
McClain had a monster game for the Mean Green, as they topped Rice 42-35 in double overtime on Saturday in Houston, near McClain’s hometown of Rosenberg. He totaled 10 tackles, which ranked second most on the team, intercepted his second pass of the season, forced a fumble and had a pass breakup in the win. The preseason all-conference selection was constantly making big plays for the Mean Green as the defense played a huge role in North Texas’ first road win since 2013.
Wilson has been a large factor in several facets of the special teams game thus far this season for the Mean Green. On Saturday at Rice, he averaged 33.3 yards per kickoff return, including a big 41-yard return to open the second half.
Offensive Player of the Week – Sept. 5 – Mike White, QB, WKU; Sept. 12 – Trent Taylor, WR, Louisiana Tech; Sept. 19 – I’Tavius Mathers, RB, Middle Tennessee; Sept. 26 - I’Tavius Mathers, RB, Middle Tennessee.
Defensive Player of the Week – Sept. 5 – Xavier Woods, S, Louisiana Tech; Sept. 12 – Anthony Wilson, LB, Old Dominion; Sept. 19 – Shaquille Huff, DT, Middle Tennessee; Sept. 26 – Kishawn McClain, S, North Texas.
Special Teams Player of the Week – Sept. 5 – Parker Shaunfield, K, Southern Miss; Sept. 12 – Allenzae Staggers, KR, Southern Miss; Sept. 19 – Nacarius Fant, KR/PR, WKU; Sept. 26 – Tyler Wilson, KR, North Texas.