Evans, Carneiro Earn CUSA Weekly Awards after 41-24 win over USF
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Following a 41-24 victory over South Florida on Saturday at Houchens-Smith Stadium in the season opener, WKU Football came away with two honorees for Conference USA Players of the Week, presented by Blenders Eyewear, the conference announced Monday.
WKU junior linebacker JaQues Evans, the CUSA Preseason Defensive Player of the Year, was named the Week 1 CUSA Defensive Player of the Week and redshirt freshman kicker Lucas Carneiro was named the Week 1 CUSA Special Teams Player of the Week.
Evans helped the Hilltoppers close out a 41-24 season-opening win over South Florida on Saturday by stripping the USF quarterback, recovering the ball and returning it 27 yards for a touchdown. Evans finished with seven tackles – which was tied for the game high – and also had a sack and pass breakup. WKU held USF to just 10 points over the final three quarters, including a single touchdown in the second half.
In his first game at the college level, Carneiro made both field goals he attempted and was a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs. His field goals were from 41 and 42 yards, and helped the Hilltoppers overcome an early double-digit deficit in Saturday’s opener.
WKU is scheduled to return to action Saturday, Sept. 9, with a 6 p.m. CT game against Houston Christian at Houchens-Smith Stadium.
2023 CUSA PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
WEEK 0 (Aug. 28, 2023)
Offensive Player of the Week – WR Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech
Defensive Player of the Week – S Jeremiah Harris, Jax State
Special Teams Player of the Week – P Jack Dawson, Jax State
WEEK 1 (Sept. 4, 2023)
Offensive Player of the Week – WR Kris Mitchell, FIU
Defensive Player of the Week – LB JaQues Evans, WKU
Special Teams Player of the Week – K Lucas Carneiro, WKU