Lawson Named CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week

Photo Credit: Mike Scott
Photo Credit: Mike Scott

KINGSTON, R.I. – For the second time in his career, Rhode Island quarterback JaJuan Lawson has been named the CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday morning.

In addition to the CAA Football announcement, Lawson also was named the CollegeSportsMadness.com CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week. He completed 22-of-28 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns to lead Rhode Island past conference foe UAlbany, 45-26, on Saturday. The touchdown passes went to four different receivers as Marven Beauvais, Isaiah Coulter, Aaron Parker and Tyler Burke each caught a scoring strike from Lawson.

Lawson became just the second player in Rhode Island history to win CAA Football Offensive Player of the Week multiple times. Steve Probst won the award twice in 2010. Lawson also became the first Rhode Island quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in one game since Probst did so in 2011. It is the 12th time in program history a Rhode Island player has thrown four or more in a game. Tom Ehrhardt did so six times, and Lawson, Probst, Derek Cassidy, Tom Ryan, Chris Hixon and Chris Paul-Etienne each have one to their credit.

Through the first two weeks of the season, Lawson leads the CAA in passing efficiency (184.5) and touchdown passes (5). He is second in completion percentage (71.4) and third in both passing yards (487) and passing yards per game (243.5). Lawson also improved his career passing percentage to 62.2 percent, the best in program history. No other Rhode Island player with at least 100 attempts is higher than 58.6 percent.

This is the second straight week Rhode Island has received a league player of the week honor. Senior linebacker Justin Hogan was the league's Defensive Player of the Week following the season-opening win at Delaware.

Rhode Island plays at Connecticut Saturday, Sept. 15. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.