McGee named specialist of week

RUSSELLVILLE – Arkansas-Monticello freshman kicker Jamie McGee was named the Great American Conference special teams player of the week after tying a conference and school single-game record Saturday against Northwestern Oklahoma State.

McGee converted three field goals in the 22-20 home victory, including a career-high 43-yard attempt with 10:03 left in the game to put the Weevils ahead by that score. He also made a 32-yarder to open the scoring early in the first quarter and added a 23-yarder in the third quarter to give the Boll Weevils (2-1, 2-1 GAC) a 19-14 lead.

His three field goals tied a UAM single-game record that was accomplished 10 times prior to Saturday, most recently by Nick Green in 2008. The GAC record has been matched nine times, including another instance Saturday by Henderson State’s Charles Gonsalves in a 44-35 win against Southeastern Oklahoma State.

McGee, of Lake Charles, La., leads the GAC and ranks seventh in NCAA Division II in average field goals made per game with two. He has not missed in six tries and is on pace to break the school record for field goals in a season — 15 by Kevin Craft in 1999.

UAM will travel to Southwestern Oklahoma State this coming Saturday.