VALDOSTA, Ga. - Valdosta State punter Jack Fulford was named the Gulf South Conference Special Teams Player of the Week for the third time this season Monday after averaging 44.9 yards per punt in the Blazers' victory over Arkansas Tech this past weekend.
Fulford punted eight times in the game and tallied 359 yards total on his punts. He held the Wonder Boys, who averaged 14.6 yards per punt return entering the game, to just 19 return yards on his eight punts, an average of 2.4 yards. Two of his eight punts sailed more than 50 yards and he also punted two balls inside the ATU 20 yard line.
The honor marks the fourth time in his career that Fulford has earned the GSC Special Teams Player of the Week honor.
BLAZERS SECOND IN FIRST NCAA DIVISION II REGIONAL RANKINGS
The NCAA Division II Football Committee released this year's first Regional Rankings on Monday and listed Valdosta State as the No. 2 team in Super Region Two.
The Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference's Albany State, which is 9-0 on the year and 8-0 in Division II play, was ranked No. 1 in the first poll, followed by the Blazers, who are 7-1 both overall and against Division II foes. Catawba, who is 6-2 out of the South Atlantic Conference, is No. 3, followed by SAC fellow member Wingate, who is also 6-2, at No. 4. The GSC's North Alabama ranked in at No. 5 with a 7-2 record followed by the SIAC's Morehouse (7-2) at No. 6 and Fort Valley State (8-1 and 7-1 DII) at No. 7. The remainder of the poll included No. 8 Delta State (GSC, 6-3 and 6-2 DII), No. 9 Carson-Newman (SAC, 6-3, 5-3 DII) and No. 10 Henderson State (GSC, 6-3).