GSU, Tech take home weekly awards

A pair of Lincoln Parish student-athletes earned weekly awards from the Louisiana Sports Writers Association following their performances in games this past weekend.

Grambling State placekicker/punter Garrett Urban was named the Special Teams Player of the Week while Louisiana Tech linebacker Trey Baldwin was named the Defensive Player of the Week.

Urban, who earned the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Specialist on Monday, played a key factor in Grambling State’s 16-10 win against Tennessee State on Sunday in the Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic. The Houston, Texas native punted the ball six times for 246 yards, averaging 41.0 yards per punt, with a long of 51 yards. In addition, Urban booted a 24-yard field goal with 9:48 remaining in regulation to give GSU the 16-10 advantage. 

Grambling State (1-0) returns to action on Saturday with a trip to Hattiesburg, Miss. to take on Southern Miss. Kickoff from Carlisle-Faulkner Field at M.M. Roberts Stadium is set for 6 p.m.  

Baldwin registered six total tackles, including three solo, in the 35-34 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday. The Orange, Texas, native forced a fumble at the Tech 40-yard line on a MSU first down in the second quarter. LA Tech graduate defensive back Baylen Buchanan would then recover the ball to give Tech possession.

Baldwin later had a 35-yard pick-six to give Tech the 31-14 lead at the end of the third quarter. He registered his third career interception and his first career touchdown on the pick six. It was the 14th pick six by LA Tech since 2017, the most in the country during that span.

Tech opens a three-game home stretch against Southeastern on Saturday, Sept. 11, at 6 p.m. inside Joe Aillet Stadium.

Photo: Darrell James

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