Blunt named Buchanan finalist

Former McNeese linebacker B.J. Blunt did not end his collegiate career the way he wanted to. A knee injury relegated him to spectator as Lamar came back in the final minutes to defeat the Cowboys on Nov. 17.

But his stellar efforts for the rest of the season did not go unnoticed as Blunt was named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, annually awarded to the top defensive player in the Football Championship Subdivision.

It was also announced that Blunt had accepted an invitation to play in the East-West Shrine Game which will take place on Jan. 19, 2019 at Tropicana Park in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“Blessed Beyond Measurement,” Blunt tweeted from his Twitter account on Monday after the news was announced.

Blunt was a force for a McNeese defense that was ranked as one of the better units in the Southland Conference. For the 2018 season, he ranked third in the FCS with 20 tackles for loss, fifth in the FCS with 11 sacks, and racked up 102 tackles. That was all despite only playing 10 games. In addition to winning SLC Defensive Player of the Week twice, Blunt also won STATS and College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week once. That was due to his nine-tackle, three-sack, and forced fumble performance in McNeese’s 17-10 win over Nicholls on Sept. 15.

“Last year, he did a lot of good things, but he wasn’t the guy he is this year,” McNeese head coach Lance Guidry said. “He had a spring to get linebacker under his belt. In the spring he got all the linebacker reps, fall camp, and the he has a kind of year like this. Guy’s had an incredible year, he’ll go down as one of the best linebackers in McNeese history.”

The accolades are expected to keep rolling in for Blunt. The SLC announces its all-conference teams and season awards on Tuesday and he is one of the favorites to get SLC Defensive Player of the Year. Additionally, there is still the chance that Blunt gets invited to the Senior Bowl; a scout from the game watched him play against Southeastern Louisiana.

There are 25 finalists for the Buck Buchanan Award, and it will be voted on by a national panel of over 150 sports information directors, broadcasters, writers, and others. The voting is soloey based on the regular season.

GUIDRY WRAPS UP SEASON

Sitting his office, Cowboy head coach Lance Guidry answered questions for about 20 minutes on Monday afternoon at his end-of-season press conference.

He touched on a wide range of topics. One of the biggest is about what will happen with him at McNeese now that his contract has run out. Guidry said that he hasn’t put much thought into it and wil speak with administration after the Thanksgiving break.

“We’ll talk through some things,” Guidry said of meeting with athletic director Bruce Hemphill and school president Dr. Daryl Burckel. “Contractual, whatever. It’s way too early, but I know it’s coming up. I signed a three-year contract. But I’ll talk to them later about that.”

Guidry also acknowledged that the offense has struggled for two seasons in a row, with the difference this season being that the defense was not able to stay as healthy as it was in the 2017 season when they finished 9-2. He was also asked about which season felt more disappointing to miss out of the playoffs in. He said last year, because this year he doesn’t feel the team made its best case to the committee by losing so many games so late in the season. And while he acknowledged that he did want to make the playoffs, he doesn’t feel like the team would have represented themselves and the SLC as well as they could have if they were more healthy.

On a recruiting front, Guidry said that there are over 10 players committed to McNeese and he plans on having most of them sign during the early signing period in December. Any players that don’t sign in December are still looking for bigger scholarship offers in Guidry’s opinion. He’s also looking on the transfer market and says that there are some potential junior college and FBS transfers, particularly the offensive line.””

McNeese State Cowboys linebacker BJ Blunt (8) goes in for the sack on Nicholls State Colonels quarterback Chase Fourcade (9) during their Southland Conference game at Cowboy Stadium in Lake Charles, La., Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018. (Rick Hickman/Lake Charles American Press)

RickHickmanPhotographer
https://www.americanpress.com/content/tncms/avatars/6/d3/ea1/6d3ea1c8-3a6c-11e7-a1c2-0f91a5883b36.b31acdd1ef972ec0a2acb8ea5b28d153.png
””

McNeese State Cowboys linebacker BJ Blunt (8) reaches for a FG attempt that misses during their Southland Conference game at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La., Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018. (Rick Hickman/Lake Charles American Press)

Rick Hickman

Local News

Pair has passion for civic engagement

Local News

Nonprofit director to retire: Hickman has worked for BArc for 39 years

Local News

Christian Youth Theater opens season with ‘Adam’s Family’

Jim Beam

Jim Beam column:Let health experts call shots

high-school Football

Jennings High comes to aid of former foe

Local News

Victims of Ida get glimpse of journey ahead

Local News

Support workers not pleased with supplemental pay plan in Jeff Davis

Local News

Only a fraction of funding reimbursed to Cameron by FEMA

Local News

15 child deaths attributed to COVID in La.

Local News

School Board extends COVID-related sick leave policy

Local News

Kind Vibes Only: CPSO hosts one-mile anti-bullying walk

Local News

Sowela rolls out fifth annual Flying Tigers Car Show

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