Arkansas-Monticello true-freshman quarterback Hunter Leppert has been named the first-ever Great American Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Boll Weevils to a come-from-behind 38-31 victory over Arkansas Tech at home this past Saturday.
The Minden, La. native was 29-of-46 through the air in his collegiate debut for 345 yards with four touchdown tosses. Coming off the bench, Leppert completed a 72-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Nixon on his first drive as the UAM signal-caller. He later tossed three touchdown passes in a 28-point fourth-quarter rally to give the Boll Weevils their first victory over the Wonder Boys in 10 years.
GAC Defensive Player of the Week
Southwestern Oklahoma State senior free safety Clarence Laster has been named the first-ever Great American Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in a 31-28 road-win over Northwestern Oklahoma State this past Thursday in Alva. The Hemet, Calif. native racked up 10 tackles and collected a 55-yard interception return for a touchdown to put the Bulldogs up 21-7 early in the third quarter.
GAC Special Teams Player of the Week
Harding senior kicker Eddy Carmona has been named the first-ever Great American Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for his record-breaking performance in a 63-14 win over Southern Arkansas this past Saturday in Magnolia. With the help of his team and its school-record 515 rushing yards, Carmona also captured a new school record with nine extra points in the win on nine attempts. The Charleston, Ark. native also placed four punts inside the SAU 20-yard line and tallied a successful on-side kick attempt in the first quarter, which led to an early 14-0 lead for the Bisons.
– Kale Gelles, SR, FB, Harding (20 carries, 171 yards, 8.6 average rush in a 63-14 win over Southern Arkansas)
– Dustin Stenta, SO, QB, Southwestern Oklahoma State (27-of-38, 294 yards, 1 TD, 2 rushing TD)
– A.J. Whitmore, SR, WR, Arkansas Tech (11 catches, 99 yards, 2 TD in a 38-31 loss to Arkansas-Monticello)
– Kerel James, SR, LB, East Central (25-yard INT return for a TD in 31-21 win over Incarnate Word)
– Chris Strong, JR, LB, Arkansas Tech (6 tackles, 53-yard INT return in a 38-31 loss to Arkansas-Monticello)
– Brian Gonzalez, JR, K/P, East Central (39.0 Punt Average, 38-yard FG, 4-4 XP in a 31-21 win over Incarnate Word)