Midwestern State's Pat Gardner has been named the Lone Star Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in helping the Mustangs in their 45-14 triumph over Incarnate Word.
Gardner, a 6-1, 207 pound junior whip linebacker from Kingwood, recorded six tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass break up in just under three full quarters of action. When he left the game in the third quarter with the Mustangs up 35-0, MSU had allowed only 107 yards of offense to UIW.
The Mustangs are among the leaders in scoring defense nationally, allowing 17.2 points a game.
Joining Gardner as players of the week are Eastern New Mexico quarterback Wes Wood as offensive player and Abilene Christian kick returner Taylor Gabriel as special teams player.
The 18th-ranked Mustangs host Tarleton State Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
Midwestern State jumped ahead four spots to No. 18 in latest American Football Coaches' Association Division II Poll released Monday morning.
The Mustangs improved to 4-0 for the sixth straight year on the strength of a dominating 45-14 win over Incarnate Word Saturday night in San Antonio.
The win apparently made an impression on the panel of vote-carrying coaches as Midwestern leaped over Central Missouri and West Texas A&M in the rankings.
The Mustangs are one of 12 teams from NCAA Division II's Super Region 4 to receive mention in the poll which including four teams from the Lone Star Conference and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association, two from the Great American Conference, one from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference and an independent.
The region boasts eight ranked squads including No. 5 Washburn (Kan.), No. 7 Northwest Missouri State, No. 8 Pittsburg State (Kan.), No. 10 Abilene Christian (Texas), No. 18 MSU, No. 19 Central Missouri, No. 20 West Texas A&M and No. 24 Humboldt State (Calif.) while Texas A&M-Kingsville, Ouachita Baptist (Ark.), Southwest Baptist (Mo.) and Southwestern Oklahoma State are receiving votes.
Midwestern State plays host to Tarleton State Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.