MSU Roundup: Duncan Named LSC Defensive Player of the Week

Midwestern State senior linebacker Ty Duncan was selected the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance Saturday in the Mustangs' 41-0 win at Missouri S&T.
Duncan, a 6-2, 210 pound senior from Rockwall, led the Mustangs defensive attack with nine tackles, including a tackle for loss and a quarterback sack, while playing just three quarters. He helped the MSU defense hold the Miners to just 179 total yards (153 when he left the game).
He led MSU to its first shutout since a 41-0 win over New Mexico Highlands on Aug. 29, 2009 and to its first road shutout since a 24-0 win at West Texas A&M on Oct. 30, 1999.
The Mustangs begin Lone Star Conference play this Saturday afternoon against Texas A&M-Commerce in the Lone Star Football Festival at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. The first of three games, kickoff for the contest is at noon.
Joining Duncan with player of the week honors are Angelo State's Blake Hamblin and George Shamblen.
Hamblin earned the league's offensive player of the week honors as he brought the Rams back from a 21-point deficit with 176 yards and three scores in the fourth quarter in ASU's 49-42 win at Chadron State (Neb.). The sophomore finished the game 24-for-37 with 271 yards and four touchdowns.
Shamblen is the special team's player of the week. The senior punted six times for a 46.8 yard average with a long of 55.

MSU Receiving Votes in AFCA D-2 Top 25

Midwestern State is receiving votes in the latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Coaches' Poll released Monday morning.

The Mustangs claimed a win in their 11th consecutive season opener by posting a 41-0 win over Missouri S&T Saturday night in Rolla. It was MSU's first blanking of an opponent on the road since 1999.

Midwestern has now received mention in 61 of the last 62 reporting periods dating back to the 2006 season.

The Mustangs are currently receiving eight votes, up from five a week ago.

MSU is one of 13 teams from NCAA Division II's Super Region 4 to receive mention in the poll which includes five from the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, four from the Lone Star Conference, three from the Great American Conference and one from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The region boasts six ranked squads including No. 2 Northwest Missouri State, No. 3 Abilene Christian, No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville, No. 13 Washburn (Kan.), No. 19 Pittsburg State (Kan.) and No. 24 Central Missouri, while West Texas A&M, Missouri Western, Henderson State (Ark.), MSU, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Arkansas-Monticello and Humboldt State (Calif.) are all receiving votes.

Defending champion Minnesota-Duluth continues to top the poll after thumping Upper Iowa 49-22 last week, while North Alabama fills out the top five at No. 4 after defeating Glenville State (W. Va.) 48-21 last week.

Midwestern State kicks off the Lone Star Football Festival Saturday afternoon against Texas A&M-Commerce at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Kickoff is set for noon.

The festival concludes with No. 5 Texas A&M-Kingsville taking on West Texas A&M at 4 p.m. and No. 3 Abilene Christian battling No. 4 North Alabama at 8 p.m.

W Golf: Mustangs 2nd After First Round at SW Classic

The Midwestern State Mustangs trail by a stroke after the first round of the Southwest Classic at the par 72, 5,578-yard Tierra Verde Golf Club in Arlington.
Led by junior Kendra Whittley's two-over 74, the Mustangs posted a team score of 311 and stand a stroke behind Texas A&M-Commerce at 310. Central Oklahoma is two strokes back at 312 in third, with Newman (Kan.) at 314 and defending Lone Star Conference and West Regional Champion Tarleton State fifth at 315.
Freshman Brenna Moore of Burkburnett posted a four-over 76 for the Mustangs, joined by junior Taylor Klutts with a seven-over 79, junior Lauren Romines with an 82 and junior Lindsay Burkhart with an 83.
"We had a good, solid round," said MSU Coach Jeff Ray. "The Bermuda greens here are a bit bumpy and we struggled with our putting. But we kept the ball in play and I'm happy with our performance."
Whittley's 74 stands fifth individually, three strokes behind leader Chantry McMahan of Texas A&M-Commerce who fired a one-under 71. Tarleton's Sharon Lau and Central Oklahoma's Taylor Neidy shot an even-par 72 to stand second, with Tarleton's Jacqueline Lau fourth after a one-over 73. Moore's 76 is tied for seventh.
"Kendra played well," Ray stated. "I'm very impressed with the way Brenna played. She was solid and played the back nine in one-under."
The final round of the season-opening tournament is Tuesday.

M Golf: Copeland, Mustangs 3rd at Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate

The Midwestern State Mustangs rode the great round of Raine Copeland to stand third after Monday's first round of the Charles Coody West Texas Intercollegiate at the par 71, 6,977-yard Diamondback Golf Club in Abilene.

Copeland, a junior from Carrollton, fired a four-under 67 to pace the Mustangs to a team score of 285 in the season-opening round.  Copeland sits third heading into the final round.

Sophomore Jeremy LeGuen carded an even-par 71 to tie for 15th, with junior Sam Smith of Archer City adding a one-over 72 to sit in a tie for 20th.  Senior Brett Perry chipped in a four-over 75 and junior Antonio Herran added a 77 as the fifth man.

MSU trails host Abilene Christian by six strokes in the team competition.  ACU tallied a 279, with Central Oklahoma next a 281 and MSU's 285.  West Texas A&M and Cameron are right behind at 287.

Individually, ACU's Alex Carpenter ripped the Wildcats' home course with a six-under 65 to lead after one round.  Cameron's Brady Porter is a stroke back at five-under 66, followed by Copeland.  A trio of players stand four strokes off the pace in a fourth place tie.

The tournament concludes with a single round on Tuesday.