RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. (HardingSports.com) – The Great American Conference has announced the league's Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for the ninth week of the season. Harding's Romo Westbrook scored on two long runs and Henderson State's Kevin Rodgers set even more passing records to share the Offensive Player of the Week. East Central's Tyler McGrew made 12 tackles, picked off a pass and even threw a touchdown pass to claim the Defensive Player of the Week. Harding kicker John Gay drilled 10 extra points and two field goals to win his second Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
GAC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Romo Westbrook, Harding, RB, So., Marion, Ark.
Westbrook had rushing touchdowns of 90 yards and 75 yards in the Bisons' 76-23 victory against Arkansas Tech. The 90-yard touchdown run tied the longest in school history and was the longest rush in 41 years. He finished with 181 yards on only six carries. Saturday represented Westbrook's first career 100-yard rushing game.
GAC CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Kevin Rodgers, Henderson State, QB, So., Rockwall, Texas
Kevin Rodgers threw for a career high 518 yards to lead HSU to a 44-36 win over SAU and clinch at least a share of the GAC title. He set the GAC single-game record for total offense with 533 yards. Rodgers became the third player in HSU history to go over 3,000 yards in a season. He has had a school record seven 300-yard games this year and thrown at least two TD passes in each of the last 10 games.
GAC DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Tyler McGrew, East Central, LB, Sr., Broken Arrow, Okla.
McGrew led the Tigers in tackles with 12 in their upset of No. 20/23 Ouachita Baptist. He also snatched his first interception of the season and returned it 23 yards. Saturday marked his third game of the season with at least 10 tackles and was his best total of the season. Additionally, he threw a touchdown on a fake field goal that opened the scoring.
GAC SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK – John Gay, Harding, K, So., Jonesboro, Ark.
Gay made both field goals, including a 42-yard field goal to open the scoring. He improved to 3-of-3 on field tries from 40 yards or longer this season. He became the first Harding player ever to make 10 extra points in a game. His 16 points by kicking ranked third all-time in a Harding game.