Northwestern State’s Hayden Bourgeois, Southland Conference First-Team Selection
Hayden Bourgeois earns SLC preseason honor
Former Notre Dame standout Hayden Bourgeois is continuing to rack up accolades at Northwestern State University.
Most recently, the Church Point native was named to the Southland Conference Football Preseason All-Conference First Team on defense.
The 5-foot 11, 184-pound safety logged 82 total tackles during the 2018 season and was an All-Southland Conference selection.
Bourgeois led the conference in interceptions last season with five and ranked eighth nationally. Coupled with his two fumble recoveries, he produced seven turnovers which ranked third nationally.
In addition, Bourgeois was a productive punt returner, collecting 108 yards on 16 returns, including returns of 17 and 29 yards that sparked the Demons’ 37-34 comeback win against nationally-ranked McNeese in two overtimes on Nov. 10.
In that game, he also blocked a field goal that forced a second overtime against the Cowboys.
Bourgeois was named a first-team sophomore All-American by Hero Sports after last season.
In 2018, Bourgeois had a season-high two interceptions in a 34-7 victory over Grambling on Sept. 8and he recorded nine tackles in four separate games - Nicholls, Sam Houston State, Houston Baptist and Abilene Christian.
He also had a 55-yard interception return against Sam Houston State that gave Northwestern a five-point lead at the half.
After redshirting in 2016, Bourgeois logged 16 tackles in eight appearances in 2017 and was the team’s leading punt returner with 11.2 yards per attempt on 10 returns. He average 22.8 yards on kickoff returns and he caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from punter Parker Pastorello on a fake punt against Central Arkansas.
Bourgeois is a 2015 graduate of Notre Dame where he was the Defensive Player of the Year in Class 2A as a senior and he was a repeat All-State selection while playing for legendary coach Lewis Cook.
Notre Dame went 48-6 during Bourgeois’ four-year prep career. The Pios were the state runnerup during his freshman season, made the quarterfinals during his sophomore campaign and were in the semifinals his junior season. In his senior season, the Pios went 14-0 to claim the state championship.
During that championship run, Bourgeois finished with 64 tackles, including 5.5 for a loss. He had 15 pass breakups and two interceptions as the Pios recorded eight shutouts and allowed a touchdown or less in three other games.
Bourgeois, who was also All-State in the javelin with a season best throw of 191-10, averaged 18.4 yards on punt returns, 19.3 yards on kickoff returns and scored eight touchdowns on 11 carries on offense.
Hayden is the son of Jeffrey and Eloise Bourgeois and is majoring in business administration.