Jesse Beauchamp of SHSU Earns Southland Football Honor

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Sam Houston linebacker Jessie Beauchamp has been named as Southland Conference football “Defensive Player of the Week” after helping lead the Bearkats to their second shutout in the past two years at Nicholls State last Saturday.

In the 41-0 SHSU victory, the junior from Klein, Texas (Collins H.S.), totaled nine tackles and had two tackles for loss, including an eight-yard sack, to go with two pass breakups and a pair of fumble recoveries. The Bearkats limited Nicholls to only 20 yards rushing and 238 total yards.

Both fumble recoveries set up Sam Houston touchdown drives.

Beauchamp, who stepped into the SHSU lineup after an injury in the season opener to Eric Fieilo, has become a force for the Bearkat defense. He ranks as the squad’s third leading tackler this season with 37 stops including six tackles for losses.

Beauchamp is the fourth “Player of the Week” honoree for the Bearkat this season.

Sam Houston swept all three awards a week ago after a 51-43 victory over Stephen F. Austin in the “Battle of the Piney Woods.” Quarterback Brian Bell, linebacker Darnell Taylor and punter Matt Foster took offensive, defensive and special teams honors in that game, respectively.

The Bearkats play host to McNeese State at Sam Houston’s homecoming contest this Saturday at 7 p.m. at Elliott T. Bowers Stadium.

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