ROCK HILL - Newberry College senior punter Kyle Clark has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, as announced by the league office Monday.
The Beaufort native was spectacular in the Wolves' 38-31 conference-opening win over Tusculum, averaging 45.6 yards per pun on nine punts. He had two punts of over 60 yards in the game with a 66-yarder and a 64-yarder.
While his average was impressive, his ability to pin the Pioneers deep in their own territory was remarkable, as he had four punts downed inside the opposition's 5-yardline.
His 52-yarder with 36 seconds remaining in the first half pinned Tusculum at its own 1-yardline, where the Pioneers went three-and-out and shanked a rushed punt out of the endzone. Newberry would score from 24 yards out on its next play to tie the game at halftime 17-17.
His 32-yard punt that rolled dead at the Tusculum 2-yardline with 13 seconds remaining in the game virtually eliminated any chance of a Tusculum comeback.
The preseason All-American ranks secondnd in the SAC and sixthth in Division II with a 44.1 season average and his career average of 40.3 yards per punt ranks him sixth amongst active Division II players.