Rodney Butler, Parker Davidson Earn Sun Belt Player Of The Week Honors

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

NEW ORLEANS, LA - After stellar performances by linebacker Rodney Butler and kicker Parker Davidson led the NM State football team victory over Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico, the duo has been selected as the Sun Belt Conference’s Defensive Student-Athlete of the week and Special Teams Student-Athlete of the week, respectively. The conference announced these honors Monday.

Butler demolished his previous career-high of 17 tackles on Saturday night as he racked up 24 to lead the defensive efforts in a 32-31 win over Battle of I-25 rival New Mexico. This was the first time the Aggies have defeated the Lobos since 2011.

After he amassed 15 tackles in the first half, he completed the game just two tackles shy of the single-game record 26 tackles at NM State. Butler became the first Aggie to have 20 or more tackles since 2013 when Clint Barnard racked up 20 against UTEP.

Davidson was the highlight of the victory over Battle of I-25 rival on Saturday night in Aggie Memorial Stadium. The sophomore kicker was perfect on the night with a career-high four field goals made on four attempts. This is the first time an Aggie has kicked four or more field goals since 1998 when Nick Cecava made four against Utah State.

In addition, Davidson hit a personal-best 45-yard field goal in the first quarter to put the Aggies on the board. Davidson then kicked a 30-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to make it a one-score game before the Aggies scored the go-ahead touchdown. In addition to his field goals, Davidson hit two extra points to give NM State the one-point victory.

The Aggies take the field again on Saturday as they travel to Lexington to take on Kentucky in a 2 p.m. MT kickoff.