CARROLLTON, Ga. - With the announcement of the weekly awards from the Gulf South Conference on Monday, two Wolves earned their way into the release, as J.J. Jones was named Special Teams Player of the Week and Trey Wiggins was named Freshman of the Week for their performances against Miles this past weekend.
The awards are career firsts for both players, and Wiggins' award marks the second-straight week that a UWG player was named Gulf South Conference Freshman of the Week. Jones' honor is the first for a UWG player since Devontae Jackson in the fourth week of the season last year, when he was named GSC Special Teams Player of the Week after a kickoff return for a touchdown against Albany State.
Jones won the award after a night where he had four punt returns against Miles for a total of 99 yards, including a 59-yard punt return for a touchdown. The score was a dagger as the Wolves pulled away from Miles in the second half, part of 31 straight points for West Georgia following Miles' only score of the night. Jones fielded a punt at the Wolves' 41, then turned on the jets and beating the defenders to the goal line.
Wiggins continued to solidify himself as West Georgia's regular placekicker, putting together a 6-for-6 effort on extra points against MIles and nailing a 32-yard field goal in the third quarter. The freshman from Heard County is 10-for-10 on extra points through two games in his collegiate career and 3-for-3 from field goal range. He was the first to produce points for West Georgia in the 2017 season, hitting from 31 and 23 yards against Fort Valley State in Week 1 before nailing his new career-high 32-yard field goal against Miles this past Saturday.
West Georgia opens Gulf South Conference play this weekend, hitting the road for the first time this year to take on the Delta State Statesmen in Cleveland, Miss. Kickoff for that contest was originally 7 p.m., but has since been moved up to 3 p.m. (EST)