Two UWA players earn POTW honors

Published 9:46 am Monday, October 1, 2012

West Alabama cornerback Malcolm Butler and punter Jordan Ikner are the Gulf South Conference Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week for the period ending Sept. 29.

A junior from Vicksburg, Miss., Butler is UWA’s second straight defensive honoree after duplicating last week’s winner, Otha Foster, by nabbing three interceptions in a 24-20 home victory over West Georgia. The junior tied the school-record for interceptions in a game and also became just the 10th GSC player to intercept three passes in a game. He also recorded six solo tackles and broke up three passes, headlined by a break up on fourth down which sealed the win at 1:04 in the fourth quarter.

West Alabama also provided the special teams honoree for the second week in a row after freshman punter Jordan Ikner led UWA’s special teams unit against West Georgia. The Alabaster, Ala., native punted six times 293 yards and a 48.8 average. Ikner also dropped three punts inside UWG’s 20-yard line and he boomed a career-long 61 yarder.

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UWA is 4-1 overall and 2-0 in GSC play. The Tigers step out of conference play this week, hosting Midwestern State (3-1) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The game will be televised as part of the GSC-TV LIVE package.