Whitmore Named GAC Player of the Week

Arkansas Tech’s A.J. Whitmore was named Great American Conference special teams player of the week by the league office on Monday, Oct. 24.

Whitmore had an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to help the Wonder Boys defeat the Southeastern Oklahoma State Savage Storm 28-16 on Saturday night.

A senior from Nashville, Whitmore is the first Arkansas Tech player since Danny Spencer in 1987 to have two kickoff returns for a touchdown in the same season. Whitmore had a 93-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against Delta State on Sept. 17.

Not only did Whitmore return a kickoff for a touchdown, he made a play that probably stopped Southeastern Oklahoma State from doing the same thing.

SOSU’s Keelen Green had a full head of steam on a kickoff return late in the second quarter, but Whitmore was able to stop him short of midfield and halt what was a promising play for the Savage Storm. SOSU ultimately punted on that possession.

The win allowed the Wonder Boys (2-6 overall, 1-2 GAC) to earn their first Great American Conference football win, achieve a Homecoming victory for the fifth consecutive year and stop a five-game losing streak.

Arkansas Tech will host East Central University (Okla.) for a 2 p.m. GAC game at Thone Stadium at Buerkle Field in Russellville on Saturday, Oct. 29.

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