ST. LOUIS -- Indiana State's Larry Carter and Cory Little have been named Missouri Valley Football Conference Players Of The Week today (Sept. 18) by the league office. Additionally, Shakir Bell was named the College Sports Madness MVFC Player Of The Week. The Sycamore trio was honored following Indiana State's 44-16 victory at Western Kentucky on Saturday.
Carter earned his first career MVFC Defensive Player Of The Week honor after he recorded five solo tackles and also had two huge plays in the 44-16 victory over FBS foe Western Kentucky. Carter returned an interception for 65 yards in the waning seconds of the first half which set up an ISU field goal to give the Sycamores a 17-3 halftime lead. With Western Kentucky trying to move on the ISU defense on their first drive of the third quarter, Carter recovered a fumble to end the drive and set up a Sycamore TD to help put the game out of reach. The win against WKU was ISU's first over an NCAA FBS program since 2001.
Little was named the MVFC Special Teams Player Of The Week after he posted a career day for the Sycamores as he was a perfect 3-of-3 on field goal attempts as ISU downed Western Kentucky 44-16 in Bowling Green. Little connected on a career-long of 43 yards as the clock wound down to zeros on the first half and he added field goals of 42 yards and 35 yards. Little became the first Sycamore kicker to hit three field goals in a game since Kyle Hooper did it at Eastern Illinois in 2004. Little was also a perfect 5-fo-5 on PAT's in the contest.
Kurt Hess of Youngstown State was the MVFC Offensive Player Of The Week and Dale Moss of South Dakota State was named the MVFC Newcomer Of The Week.
Nationally, sophomore tailback Shakir Bell was named the MVFC Player Of The Week by College Sports Madness. The Madness identifies the highest impact player nationally and one from each FCS conference in their weekly feature. College Sports Madness also has additional FCS football coverage including a FCS Top 25 ranking, playoff bracket projections and team pages for each FCS conference and school.
Indiana State returns to action on Saturday, September 24 when the Sycamores host Youngstown State at 2:05 p.m. (ET) inside Memorial Stadium.