Deshawn Capers-Smith Earns September Athlete of the Month Honor park
Deshawn Capers-Smith, the star quarterback for Warren Easton High School, has been selected as the Greater New Orleans Amateur Athlete of the Month for September. The monthly award-winners are chosen in voting by the Greater New Orleans Sports Award Selection Committee, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
Capers-Smith, a commitment to Texas A&M, had a remarkable month for highly-ranked Warren Easton. The senior quarterback finished the month as the state leader in passing, accounting for an astounding 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns in just four games. For the month, Capers-Smith completed 61-of-105 passes (58.1%) for 1,316 yards and 15 touchdowns (tops in the Metro area), averaging 329 yards per game. In addition, the 5-11, 185-pounder rushed 51 times for 451 yards (8.4 avg.) and six touchdowns, averaging 112.7 yards rushing per contest.
Warren Easton spent most of the month as the top-ranked team in the state of Louisiana in both the Louisiana Sportswriters 4A Top 10 poll and the SportsNOLA.com poll Top 10 poll. In September, Easton beat St. Amant 40-32, West Jefferson 59-14, and Carver 55-6. The Eagles lost at Woodlawn of Baton Rouge 28-21. Capers-Smith is coached by Tony Hull.
There was stiff competition in balloting for the September honor with four other standout amateurs in the mix. Nour Abbes won a pair of tennis tournaments at a national level for the Xavier University women's tennis team; volleyballer Katherine Broussard was an all-tournament selection for Howard University at the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Invitational; Kendall Bussey, from Newman High School, collected 534 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns for the Greenies; and Patrick Christovich, a 36-year old from New Orleans, advanced to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Mid-Amateur Championship, one of the top USGA events.
The Greater New Orleans Sports Selection Committee has been selecting an Amateur Athlete of the Month each month since 1958. The athlete must be a native of the greater New Orleans area or must compete for a team in the metropolitan region in order to be eligible. Each of the monthly award winners will be honored in the summer at the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Ceremony, hosted by the Allstate Sugar Bowl.