STEPHENVILLE – Daniel McCants’ NCAA record-tying performance in Saturday’s win has led to the senior running back being named the Lone Star Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
In his debut as the lead running back in the Tarleton offense, McCants did not disappoint. The Killeen native took his first carry of the season 48 yards for a touchdown to spark a record-setting night for the Texan offense in a 37-26 road win at FCS Stephen F. Austin Saturday night. McCants followed up his big run with an even bigger one later in the quarter as he broke free for a 99-yard touchdown run for his second score of the night. It was the first 99-yard touchdown run in NCAA Division II since 2015. McCants’ run also appeared on ESPN SportsCenter’s Top Plays as the No. 5 highlight of the day.
For the game, McCants totaled 179 yards on 11 carries, averaging 16.3 yards per trip. With his efforts on the ground, Tarleton set a new school record with 667 total yards – topping the previous record of 665 yards on Nov. 8, 2014 against Texas A&M-Commerce. McCants’ 99-yard touchdown run also set a new Tarleton record for longest run, which broke Collin Strahan’s five-year record of 89 yards. It also tied the Lone Star Conference and NCAA Division II record.
It’s the second career LSC weekly award for McCants, who received the LSC Special Teams Player of the Week last season.
McCants and the No. 5-ranked Texans will make their home debut in the newly renovated Lonn Reisman Athletic Center at Memorial Stadium against Doane University on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 6 p.m.