Cowboys land six on preseason SLC team

Jim Gazzolo, Special to the American Press

Defense leads the way for McNeese State as the Southland Conference names six Cowboys to the preseason all-conference team.

Defensive end Isaiah Chambers leads a group of four Cowboys named to the team from that side of the football. Chambers is one of three McNeese players to make the first team.

Chambers is joined by his line partner Mason Kinsey and defensive back Andre Sam on the first team. Chris Joyce, Sam’s secondary partner, wide receiver Josh Matthews and punt returner Mason Pierce were named to the second team the league announced Thursday, a week prior to Media Day.

The six are tied with the least amount of players named to the teams with Houston Baptist. McNeese finished 3-4 last spring, winning two of its last three, including an upset of No. 11 Nicholls.

Southeastern led the number of players named to the preseason teams with 16 while Incarnate Word has 15.

The league’s reigning conference Defensive Player of the Year from last spring, Chambers was a consensus All-American. He finished fourth in voting for the Buck Buchanan Award which goes to the top defensive player in the nation on the Football Championship Subdivision level.

During the seven-week spring season Chambers, a transfer from Houston, was named the SLC’s Defensive Player of the Week. He led the conference in sacks with 7.5, good for second in the nation.

Chambers finished the spring with 32 tackles and 11 quarterback hurries.

“He’s an outstanding leader for our defense, with the way he is humble, the way he works,” McNeese defensive coordinator Deron Wilson said last year about Chambers. “He comes to practice and is the hardest worker, but a better person. He’s the guy you want as a leader of your team.”

Kinsley had four sacks and 7.5 tackles for loss last spring. He started all seven games for the Cowboys, recording 38 tackles and seven quarterback hurries.

Sam, a redshirt junior from Iowa, led the Cowboys with 52 tackles and three interceptions. He finished the season strong, with two interceptions against the soon-to-be national champion Sam Houston State in the finale.

Matthews, a transfer from Louisiana Tech, had 32 catches for 458 yards and four touchdowns. He came into his own in the home finale against No. 11 Nicholls with 147 yards and two touchdowns on seven catches.

Matthews averaged 14.3 yards a catch.

Joyce had 15 pass break-ups and 27 tackles in the spring. Pierce averaged 20.9 yards per return to go with eight catches for 125 yards and three scores.

McNeese opens the season at home on Sept. 4 against West Florida.

””McNeese athleticsMcNeese State University

Local News

Parents urge Jeff Davis School Board to oppose any vaccine mandate

Local News

City hiring two agencies to help with disaster recovery financial advocacy

Crime

Man arrested in Monday shooting near McNeese campus

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:State’s election system secure

Local News

Transfer of Mallard Cove Golf Course to Chennault complete

Local News

Maplewood schools will remain closed Thursday

Local News

Kinder Future Farmers of America collect, deliver fuel to Lafourche Parish

Local Business News

Disaster assistance request for SW La. makes it to budget

Local Business News

Area LyondellBasell plant receives ISCC PLUS certification

Local Business News

When it comes to headwear, Anne Monlezun and Kevin Mattingly have got you covered

Local Business News

Elizabeth Jimney column: Building a website that works for you

Local Business News

Names in the News: People shaping the future of Lake Area business

Local Business News

Few things please Chloun more than delighting diners with authentic Middle Eastern cuisine

Local News

Nicholas expected to weaken to a depression overnight

Local News

Nicholas weakening as it moves toward SW La.

Local News

Update: Today’s weather-related closures and cancellations

Local News

Nicholas expected to stall over SW La. Wednesday

Local News

Nicholas upgraded to category 1 hurricane

Local News

Weather-related Tuesday closures, cancellations

Crime

Nine arrested in what authorities describe as ‘gang shooting’

Local News

Calcasieu leadership: Tropical Storm Nicholas should not be taken lightly

Local News

LC city offices closed, trash service canceled Tuesday

Local News

Temporary closure of FEMA’s LC Recovery Service Center

Local News

COVID testing, vaccine sites closed Tuesday-Wednesday