Wortham, Heim Earn GAC Weekly Honors
by By Randy Bruce
DURANT, Okla. – Coming off a 56-50 win over Southern Arkansas in the season opener, Southeastern running back Devlon Wortham and punter Jared Heim have earned Great American Conference Player of the Week honors.
Wortham earned the offensive award, while Heim was named special teams.
Wortham, playing in his first game for the Savage Storm, rushed for 220 yards and three touchdowns on just 13 carries and averaged 16.9 yards per carry. After the first week of competition he leads all of Division two in rushing.
The 220-yard total ranks as the eighth-best single-game total in Southeastern history. His 87-yard touchdown with 1:34 remaining became the second-longest run in GAC history and the fifth-longest run in SE history. He was also named one of BSN’s National Players of the Week.
Heim averaged close to 50 yards per kick on nine punts (49.6 avg) with a 38.9 net average. He placed a pair of his punts inside the 20-yard line. Five of his punts carried longer than 50 yards with a long of 63 yards. One of the game’s turning points came on a Heim punt that was mishandled by the SAU return man and recovered by SE in Mulerider territory, leading to a score.
Southeastern will be back in action on Sept. 14 when it hits the road for the first time this season to take on Arkansas-Monticello at 6 p.m. in Monticello, Ark.
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