Lamar University junior running back Kade Harrington has been named Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week announced league officials Mondaymorning. Harrington’s honor comes 24 hours after receiver Reggie Begelton was named the College Sports Madness Southland Player of Week.

“Kade is a very good football player and he is off to a good start,” said head coach Ray Woodard. “We really didn’t know just how talented of a player we had when we signed him. He was our best back from the moment he stepped on campus. I’m not sure if people have ever underestimated him because of his size, but that would be a huge mistake. He is a tremendously talented athlete.”

Harrington caused problems for the Baylor Bears’ defense throughout the game, and was a huge factor in the Cardinals ability to matchup against the nation’s fourth-ranked team. He finished the game with 16 carries for 56 yards and two touchdowns. He also hauled in one pass.

Harrington’s first scoring run tied the game at seven late in the first quarter, and capped a 10-play, 87-yard drive that took 5:14 off the clock. Harrington was met at the line of scrimmage but broke through the tackle and outsprinted the rest of the defense to the goal line.

His second touchdown run came early in the second quarter and it gave Big Red its first lead of the game. After the Bears had reclaimed the lead before the end of the first quarter, LU wasted little time answering with another score. Harrington plunged across the goal line from a yard out for his second score of the game. The Cards took a one-point lead, 14-13, following Alex Ball’s point after.

The Cardinals finished the game with 340 yards of total offense, including 173 rushing yards.

Big Red opens Southland Conference play Saturday when it travels to Huntsville, to take on top-ranked Sam Houston State. The game against the Bearkats is slated to begin at 600 p.m. from Bowers Stadium.