Pitt State’s Lorenzo West named MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week

Career-high 236 all-purpose yards vs. UCO
Pitt State’s Lorenzo West named MIAA Special Teams Athlete of the Week


Pittsburg State University senior return specialist Lorenzo West was named the MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week Monday (Sept. 9) for his efforts in the Gorillas’ season-opening victory over the University of Central Oklahoma last Thursday (Sept. 5).

West opened the 2019 season in style by returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in Pitt State’s 37-35 road win against the Bronchos. The Lawton, Okla., recorded his third career kickoff return for a touchdown on the play.

West also finished the game with a career-high 236 all-purpose yards. He caught a 19-yard pass down to the UCO 14 yard line in the game’s final minute that set up Jared Vincent’s 20-yard game winning field goal as time expired. West finished the game with 72 receiving yards – on four receptions – and 151 kickoff return yards (on three returns, 50.3 ypr). He also gained 13 yards on one carry rushing the football.

Pitt State debuted at No. 23 in the AFCA/NCAA Division II Top 25 poll released Monday. The Gorillas are one of four MIAA squads ranked in this week’s top 25, including seventh-ranked Northwest Missouri State University, No. 21 University of Central Missouri and No. 25 Fort Hays State University.


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