HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern Miss senior place kicker Corey Acosta has earned the Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week award Monday in a vote conducted by select league media members.
Acosta converted all three field goals in the Golden Eagles 30-20 victory at North Texas last weekend to give him six made in a row and a total of 14 made for the season. His season field goal total is his personal best, after collecting 11 in each of the last two seasons.
Acosta now has registered 38 career field goals, moving him into fourth place on the school career charts, moving him ahead of Rex Banks (1983-86).
The Memphis, Tenn., native also tallied a career-best five touchbacks on kickoffs in the contest with the only North Texas kickoff return in the game going for 12 yards.
This season, Acosta leads the Golden Eagles in scoring with 53 points, hitting 14-of-17 field goals and 11-of-13 point after touchdown attempts.
This is Acosta's first C-USA weekly honor and the first Special Teams league award for the Golden Eagles since they captured it four different times during the 2011 campaign. North Texas wide receiver Carlos Harris captured the C-USA offensive honor, while Louisiana Tech safety Terrell Pinson earned the defensive nod. Acosta's award marks the second time a Southern Miss player has won a C-USA weekly award this season.
For Acosta, this is the second time he has been honored for his play, after capturing a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week accolade following the Alcorn State contest.