West Texas A&M seniors Sergio Castillo, Jr., and Taylor McCuller were named Lone Star Conference Special Teams and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, the conference office announced Monday.
It was the first weekly honor for Castillo this season and the second for McCuller. Castillo, a kicker, set the school and conference record for career scoring on Saturday in the Buffs’ 69-7 victory at Texas A&M-Kingsville. Castillo entered the game just four points behind former Buffalo DeWayne Miles (1997-2000) with 328 points.
Castillo belted a 41-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining in the first half to break Miles’ record after he kicked four extra-points prior. Castillo, a native of La Joya, Texas, had a number of friends and family on hand, to witness him break the record. Castillo finished the game with 15 points as he owns the school record with 343 points.
Later in the game, Castillo also broke the Lone Star Conference record which was held by Abilene Christian’s Matt Adams (2005-2008) with 339 points.
Castillo ranks seventh nationally in scoring this season at 13.8 points per game, which leads the league. He leads the nation in field goals per game at 2.5 and is 10 of 10 in field goals and 25 of 25 in extra points for the season.
For his career, he is 48 of 59 in field goals (.814) and is 199 of 202 (.985) in extra-points.
McCuller, a native of Red Oak, Texas, had another strong outing as he led the game with 14 tackles, including five solo stops and nine assisted tackles. McCuller, a linebacker, spearheaded a defense that held one of the top rushing attacks in the conference and the nation to just 96 yards on the ground and a WT defense season-best 188 total yards.
He is 25th nationally in tackles per game (10.8) which also leads the conference.
McCuller leads the team in tackles for the season with 43 (19-24) and has three tackles for loss. He has one sack, one interception, one pass breakup and one hurry. For his career, McCuller has 131 solo tackles and 305 total tackles with 20.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception, nine quarterback hurries and four pass breakups.
The fourth-ranked Buffs will play host to Central State (Ohio) for Homecoming 2013 Saturday at 3 p.m. at Kimbrough Memorial Stadium.
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