Southern Arkansas’ kicker Austin Wilkerson was named Monday as the Great American Conference football Special Teams Player of the Week.
The sophomore from Sunnydale High School in Dallas went 3-3 on field goal attempts and 3-3 on extra point attempts -- none bigger than his game-winning 48-yard field goal that snuck through the upright as time expired.
The game-winner also marks a career-long for Wilkerson, and is the sixth-longest kick in school history.
Wilkerson becomes the first Mulerider kicker since 2016 to receive the honor – and the first Mulerider since his holder, Jared Lancaster, earned it on October 1 of last year.
On the season, Wilkerson is 5-5 on field goal attempts and 7-7 on PATs. His 22 points ranks him second in the whole of the GAC.
In addition, Wilkerson has also kicked off for four touchbacks in 13 attempts this season.
Wilkerson and the Muleriders are back in action at 6 p.m. Saturday as they host No. 23 Harding for Family Day at Wilkins Stadium.
Also honored by the Great American Conference on Monday:
GAC OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Richard Stammetti, Henderson State, QB, Sr., Las Vegas, Nevada
For the second-straight week, Stammetti threw for more than 300 yards as he amassed 396 in a 34-6 home victory against Southern Nazarene. Two of his receivers reached the 100-yard mark and a third, Doug Johnson, tallied 96. Through two weeks, Stammetti ranks third in Division II in passing yards (753) and passing touchdowns (seven).
GAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cory Batie, Harding, CB, Jr., Troy, Alabama
Batie registered two of the six longest interception returns in school history as he recorded a 75-yard return for a touchdown and a 77-yard return that set up a field goal just before halftime in Harding’s 24-0 shutout against Arkansas-Monticello. The Bisons registered their first shutout against the Weevils in the 55-game history of the series.
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