Nov. 5, 2012
Cullowhee, N.C. -
Western Carolina junior punter Clark Sechrest was named the top special teams player in the Southern Conference for games played last week as selected and released by the staff of SouthernPigskin.com. In addition, Sechrest received honorable mention for weekly honors as a punter from the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA).
Sechrest is the third different Catamount honored by SouthernPigskin.com this season, joining two-time honoree, senior linebacker Rock Williams, and true freshman quarterback Troy Mitchell.
Sechrest punted five times for an average of 50.6 yards per punt last Saturday in the home finale against Chattanooga. The Cornelius, N.C., native recorded three kicks of 50-yards or more including a career-long punt of 58 yards. Sechrest downed two of his five kicks inside the Mocs' 20-yard line including corralling a high snap and uncorking a boot just in front of the Chattanooga rush, downing the punt at the UTC two-yard line.
Taking over placekicking responsibilities in the first quarter, Sechrest finished a perfect 3-for-3 on PATs and nailed a 36-yard field goal in the second quarter, recording six points on the afternoon for the Catamounts.
On the season, Sechrest leads the SoCon with 56 punts and ranks third with a 42.4 yard average - a mark that ranks 17th in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) statistics. Sechrest has a league-best 15 punts of 50-yards or more and ranks second in the SoCon with 17 punts downed inside the opponents' 20-yard line. His overall punting average has also helped WCU rank seventh in the FCS in net punting average at 38.77, second among SoCon schools.
Western Carolina (1-9) is off this weekend before traveling to Tuscaloosa, Ala., in two weeks to face the current top-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide to conclude the 2012 season, the first under head coach Mark Speir.