Freshman Ladarius Vanlier reaps national honors from three organizations

COOKVEILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee Tech freshman Ladarius Vanlier was named Sunday as the Ohio Valley Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Soon after, three different organization chose the Golden Eagle speedster for national honors.

Vanlier returned 11 kickoffs for 237 yards, including a 94-yard touchdown in the second quarter, against Murray State. The freshman also returned a punt for 30 yards and caught four passes for 24 yards. When it was all said and done, he totaled 291 all-purpose yards. His 237 kickoff return yards account for the highest mark in the FCS this season. His 11 kick returns is both an OVC and Tech record, and his 237 yards is also a Tech record.

The Sports Network named Vanlier as the Special Teams National Player of the Week in the Football Championship Subdivision.
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The College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) tabbed Vanlier as the FCS National Kick Returner of the Week.
Click here to view the CFPA Week 5 awards page

Beyond Sports Network named Valier its FCS National Kick Returner of the Week. Ironically, the BSN Colege Network selected Murray State's Walter Powell as the Punt Returner of the Week, after the two played in the same game, and each returned a kick for a touchdown.

Click here to view the BSN page of weekly honors

Vanlier and the Golden Eagles get back into action Saturday night with a 7 p.m. game in Tucker Stadium against Jacksonville State. For tickets, please visit or call the Athletics Ticket Office in Eblen Center (931-372-3940), or order online by clicking here.