CARROLLTON, Ga. - Sophomore quarterback Willie Candler had the best game of his career thus far on Saturday for the West Georgia Wolves against Albany State. That performance earned recognition from the Gulf South Conference Monday, as Candler was named as the GSC Offensive Player of the Week by league officials.
The Lovett School alum was 21-for-29 for 263 yards and four touchdowns in the Wolves' 48-16 victory over Albany State. Candler accounted for five touchdowns in the game, as he also added a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. His passing yards and touchdowns were both career highs for the Atlanta native. He becomes the first West Georgia player to earn GSC Offensive Player of the Week since October of 2015, when Lamarcus Franks earned the honor against Valdosta State.
He continues to move up on the all-time lists at UWG, and he has only had eight starts to his credit, but he moved into 15th place in passing yards with his 263-yard effort against Albany State. He has steadily moved up in the touchdown pass category and jumped into the top-10 with four TD passes against the Golden Rams. He is now ninth all-time in touchdown passes with 19, and needs just two more to pass Corry Strange, who had 20 when he was at UWG from 2000-2002.
West Georgia returns to action at home on Saturday afternoon, taking on the North Alabama Lions at 2 p.m. in University Stadium.