Arkansas Tech quarterback Rico Keller was named Gulf South Conference offensive player of the week in recognition of his rushing performance for the ages against Arkansas-Monticello on Saturday night.
Keller, a redshirt freshman from Marrero, La., carried 22 times for 209 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Wonder Boys to a 30-25 win over the Boll Weevils at Convoy Leslie Cotton Boll Stadium in Monticello.
His 209 rushing yards against UAM are the most by a GSC player in a game this season.
Keller's effort represents the sixth-highest single-game rushing total by a Wonder Boy in the 96-year history of the program.
Only Travis Horn (288 yards vs. Central Arkansas in 2001), Robert Marley (259 yards vs. Ouachita Baptist in 1965), Eddie Meador (239 yards vs. Hendrix in 1958), Jack Simpson (235 yards vs. Ouachita Baptist in 1950) and Marcus Godfrey (225 yards vs. West Alabama in 2002) have ever rushed for more yards in a game for Arkansas Tech.
Keller also completed 10-of-26 passes for 78 yards as the Wonder Boys snapped a two-game losing streak.
The announcement of Keller's GSC offensive player of the week award was made by the league office in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday.
Arkansas Tech (2-2 overall, 1-1 GSC) will visit nationally third-ranked North Alabama (4-0, 1-0) for a 6 p.m. GSC game at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Ala., on Saturday, Oct. 2.
Russellville radio station KWKK 100.9 FM will have the play-by-play description. Click here to access an Internet stream of the broadcast.]]>