NSU Football: Pough nabs Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week honors

Ja’Quay Pough’s monster day at Incarnate Word on Saturday made him the first Northwestern State defensive player to record at least 20 tackles in a game since the 2014 season.

That performance also made him the first Demon to earn a weekly Southland Conference honor during the 2019 season.

Pough on Monday was named Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording 21 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and one sack in Northwestern State’s 44-41 overtime victory against then-No. 20 UIW.

With 11 solo tackles and 10 assists, Pough, a junior linebacker from Sherman, Texas, became the first Demon to total at least 20 tackles in a game since Marion Chapman recorded 20 against Sam Houston State on Oct. 18, 2014. The 21 tackles are the most by a Southland Conference player this year and lifted Pough’s season total to a team-leading 70.

Pough’s award is the first weekly Southland Conference award for a Northwestern State defender since Peyton Guidry earned the honor for the final week of the 2017 season.

Pough and the Demons return to action Saturday at 4 p.m. when they face McNeese in Lake Charles.

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