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October 29th, 2009
Garelick names SLC special teams player of week


Three weeks ago, Texas State freshman kicker Justin Garelick hit the left upright on an extra-point kick in overtime and the Bobcats lost, 51-50, to Southeastern Louisiana.

When the Bobcats return Saturday to play Stephen F. Austin for homecoming, Garelick will be the Southland Conference’s reigning special teams player of the week.

Garelick kicked both of his field goals in the final eight minutes of Texas State’s 20-17 victory at Northwestern State last Saturday night. The first came from 27-yards away with 7:26 left to play and tied the game at 17-17. Then, he hit the game-winning field goal with 1:55 to play when he connected on a 21-yard try that included a high snap and went just inside the left upright.

The win gave Texas State sixth straight Southland Conference road victories dating back to last season. The victory also improved Texas State’s record in 2009 to 4-3, including a 2-1 mark in the Southland Conference.

The freshman from Pflugerville made both of his extra-point attempts. The 29-yard field goal is the second-longest of his collegiate career.  With his two field goals at Northwestern State, he has made five consecutive field goal attempts and six-of-seven this season.

In addition to Garelick being selected the SLC Special Teams Player of the Week, Stephen F. Austin quarterback Jeremy Moses and linebacker Devin Ducote were named the SLC offensive and defensive players of the week, respectively, after guiding the Lumberjacks to their sixth consecutive victory.

Moses connected with nine different receivers on 27-of-38 aim for 372 yards and five touchdowns in SFA’s 42-3 win against Sam Houston State.  Moses became only the second Lumberjack to pass for at least 7,500 career yards.

Ducote recorded a career-high 16 tackles, including a tackle for loss. The defensive effort marked the first time this season the Lumberjacks held their opponent to less than 200 yards of total offense. Ducote leads the Southland with 67 tackles this season. His average of 9.6 tackles per game is tied for 27th nationally.

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