A pair of key performers in the University of West Georgia football team's strong start to the 2017 season were honored early this week by the Gulf South Conference.
J.J. Jones was named the GSC Special Teams Player of the Week, while Trey Wiggins was voted the GSC Freshman of the Week for their efforts in the 45-7 victory over Miles on Saturday evening at University Stadium.
Jones, a senior receiver from Macon, Mississippi, had four punt returns for 99 yards, including a 59-yard return for a touchdown in the second half on Saturday night.
Wiggins, a Heard County High School product, continues to solidify himself as West Georgia's primary place-kicker, 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 is 10-for-10 on extra points through two games in his collegiate career and 3-for-3 on field goals.
The Wolves (2-0) climbed to No. 17 in the latest AFCA Poll this week after opening at No. 25 in the Week 1 rankings. UWG is slated for a top-25 tilt when it opens GSC play at No. 24 Delta State (2-0) on Saturday.
The contest was originally slated for a 7 p.m. start in Cleveland, Mississippi, but it has been pushed up to a 3 p.m. kickoff.
Saturday's showdown with the Statesmen marks a stretch of three straight games against top-25 opponents, as the Wolves return to Carrollton to host No. 16 Albany State (2-0) for homecoming on Sept. 23 and then welcome No. 10 North Alabama (0-1) on Sept. 30.
UWG Women's Soccer
Due to all the rain that Hurricane Irma dumped on the region, the UWG women's soccer team cancelled its match against Georgia College today. There is no makeup date scheduled at this time.
The Wolves return to the field this weekend where they take to the road for the first time in 2017. West Georgia faces a pair of GSC newcomers in Montevallo on Friday at 8 p.m. in Montevallo, Alabama, and will then head to Montgomery, Alabama, to take on Auburn-Montgomery on Sunday at 2 p.m.