SLC Honors For UCA Punter

University of Central Arkansas punter Kevin Buford was named the Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday for his efforts against Lamar University on Saturday.

Buford, a senior from Greenville, Miss., punted four times for a career-high 47.5-yard average in UCA's 24-14 victory over Lamar at First Security Field at Estes Stadium.

Buford had punts of 42, 51, 49 and 48 yards, pinning the Cardinals on their own 5 with one first-quarter punt. Buford is fifth in the SLC in punting with a 40.4-yard average.

The player of the week honor was UCA's ninth this season, the most in the conference through eight weeks of play.

The 14th-ranked Bears (6-2, 4-1) take on first-place Southeastern Louisiana (3-4, 3-0) at 7 p.m. Saturday in a battle for the league's top spot at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond, La.