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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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