Lust Named GLVC Special Teamer of the Week
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana (September 10, 2012) – Missouri S&T senior quarterback Josh Firm, McKendree University junior defensive back Jamison Wilson, and Urbana University senior punter Clay Lust have been awarded weekly football honors by the Great Lakes Valley Conference, it was announced Monday. Firm was tabbed as the GLVC Offensive Player of the Week, Wilson earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, while Lust garnered Special Teams Player of the Week accolades.
Firm completed a career-high 31 completions in 38 attempts for 308 yards, two touchdowns, a pass-efficiency rating of 167.03 last Thursday night in the Miners’ 27-19 win at Arkansas Tech. The Lancaster, Calif., native threw a 15-yard TD pass to Nick Taylor just prior to the game being delayed for nearly two-and-a-half hours. He later returned to hook up with Smook Thomas on a 26-yard score to extend S&T's lead to 10 with just under nine minutes to play. The scoring pass to Thomas proved to be the decisive touchdown in the game. Firm's 31 completions were the most by a Missouri S&T quarterback since Oct. 24, 2009.
Firm is the first S&T standout to garner GLVC Offensive Player of the Week honors and the first Miner to be recognized by the conference office since Carlton Westbrook was named Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 3.
Wilson stakes claim to the first GLVC weekly honor ever handed out to McKendree football, as he was honored for his efforts in the Bearcats’ 47-24 loss to Henderson State on Saturday. A native of Country Club Hills, Ill., Wilson registered a team-high nine tackles, with eight solos stops over the weekend. He also forced a fumble and intercepted two passes, the second of which he returned 49 yards for a touchdown.
Lust booted four punts for a total of 190 yards, which averaged out to 47.5 yards per kick last Saturday in the Blue Knights’ 34-31 win over Seton Hill. The Prospect, Ohio, native, who dropped one punt inside the 20-yard line, recorded his longest punt of 62 yards, which was three yards short of his school-record 65-yarder set last season at Saint Joseph’s. His efforts increased his career average to 40.0 yards per punt, pushing him ahead of Urbana school-record holder Matt Branch, who ended his career with an average of 39.1.