After Big Game, James Douglas III Receives NACC, Honors

Photo courtesy of Summer Inselmann.
Photo courtesy of Summer Inselmann.

EUREKA — For the first time in his career, Eureka College's James Douglas III (Orlando, Fla./Deltona) is the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Offensive Player of the Week — and a member of the Team of the Week.

This is the first time a Red Devil player received both honors in the same week since Le'Anthony Reasnover did it on Oct. 30, 2018.

Douglas, the NACC's leading receiver at 123.1 yards per game with a league-high 14 touchdown receptions, chalked up four total touchdowns in Eureka's 50-49 NACC victory over Lakeland on Saturday.

The senior racked up a career-high 216 receiving yards and three touchdowns on just six receptions, scoring on receptions of 48, 16 and 65, yards, respectively. He also added a touchdown run and contributed 88 yards on four kickoff returns, giving him 309 all-purpose yards on the day.

It was the first 200-yard receiving performance by a Red Devil since Jordan Kindred (235) and Jake Bane (207) both did it at Knox during Sam Durley's record-setting 736-yard passing game on Sept. 2, 2012. It was also the seventh-most yards tallied by a Red Devil in a single-game in program history, and the fourth time this season Douglas has scored at least three touchdowns in a game.

Douglas is currently sixth in NCAA Division III in total receiving yards this season with 985.

This was Eureka's fifth NACC Player of the Week award this season. Kicker/punter Tanner Kuhne (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) has been named NACC Special Teams Player of the Week three times and quarterback Drew Barth (Minonk, Ill./Fieldcrest) and was selected NACC Offensive Player of the Week once.