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  2022 ASUN CONFERENCE DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: David Walker, Central Arkansas,...Walker was a force on the defensive line for the Bears, leading the ASUN and ranking second in the FCS for sacks with 12 for a total loss of 83 yards and tackles for-loss with 22 (loss of 107 yards). He finished the season with 66 total tackles including 36 solo stops while reaching a season-high nine tackles in three contests. Walker had at least one TFL in 10 of 11 games headlined by a season-best four TFLs against Missouri State and a UCA school record matching 3.5 sack effort in a road victory at Stephen F. Austin. Against ASUN foes, his top performances included 3.5 TFLs against UNA and 3.0 TFLs versus JSU. Walker was recently named a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as FCS Defensive Player of the Year. - ASUN Conference Football

So/2025 DE David WalkerCentral Arkansas
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  2022 ASUN CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Will Diggins, Central Arkansas,...Diggins played in 10 of 11 games as a freshman and helped anchor an offensive line that produced 434.2 yards, which ranked second in the ASUN (20th in FCS) and 32.1 points per game (29th in FCS). The Bears ranked third in the conference and 25th in the FCS for passing offense at 264.0 yards per game. UCA scored over 49 points in a game four times during the season, including a 64-point explosion against UNA. - ASUN Conference Football

Fr/2026 OG Will DigginsCentral Arkansas
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  NOV 21 ASUN CONFERENCE FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Myles Butler, Central Arkansas, RS-Freshman, Wide Receiver, Montgomery, Ala.,...Second Career ASUN Freshman of the Week award; Bears' eighth all-time nod and fourth of the season...Finished with a career-best 120 yards receiving against JSU...Hauled in five passes including a game best 48-yard reception...Averaged 24.0 yards a reception against the Gamecocks...Finished rookie season with 22 catches for 442 yards and three touchdowns. Other Nominees: Kam Thomas, Austin Peay; Joe Williams, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

rFr/2026 WR Myles ButlerCentral Arkansas
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  NOV 14 ASUN FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kylin James, Central Arkansas, Sophomore, Running Back, Dumas, Ark.,...First Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award; 10th all-time selection for UCA...Finished with 280 all-purpose yards in road victory at Stephen F. Austin...Rushed for a career-high 155 yards on only 10 carries (15.5 avg.)...Caught four passes for 88 yards and two TDs (20 & 38 yards); also returned a kickoff 37 yards...Helped the Bears to 407 yards of total offense. Other Nominees: Jevon Jackson, Austin Peay; Zion Webb, Jacksonville State; ShunDerrick Powell, North Alabama. - ASUN Conference Football

So/2025 RB Kylin JamesCentral Arkansas
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  NOV 14 ASUN FOOTBALL SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jarrod Barnes, Central Arkansas, Junior, Wide Receiver/Punt Returner, Cabot, Ark.,...First Career ASUN Special Teams Player of the Week award; first all-time honor for the Bears...Returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown in UCA's road win over Stephen F. Austin...Second punt return for a TD this season...Averaging 15.9 yards per punt return this season...Joins the UCA squad for Saturday's regular season finale against Jacksonville State. Other Nominees: Jack Dawson, Jacksonville State. - ASUN Conference Football

rJr/2024 WR Jarrod BarnesCentral Arkansas
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  Kylin James ran for 155 yards, Jarrod Barnes returned a punt for a touchdown, and Central Arkansas blew past Stephen F. Austin 34-7 on Saturday. Will McElvain threw two touchdown passes and Hayden Ray kicked two field goals to give the Bears a 20-0 halftime lead. Things got explosive late in the third quarter for Central Arkansas (5-5). First, backup quarterback Clifton McDowell hit James with a 38-yard touchdown pass, then four plays later Barnes returned a punt 67 yards for a touchdown and a 34-0 lead.

The Lumberjacks (5-5) finally got on the board with a 13-yard scoring pass from Brian Maurer to Griffin Edwards with 1:38 remaining. McElvain was 12-of-17 passing for 136 yards with the two first-half touchdowns. He was intercepted once. Three quarterbacks combined to go 14-of-31 passing for 73 yards for the Lumberjacks. One bright spot for Stephen F. Austin was Miles Reed who had 149 yards rushing. - Central Arkansas/AP College Football


rJr/2024 QB Will McElvainCentral Arkansas
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  OCT 31 ASUN FOOTBALL CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Darius Hale, Central Arkansas, Sophomore, Running Back, Pearland, Texas,...Second Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award and second of the season; Bears' ninth all-time nod in the category...Ran for a career-high 255 yards on just 19 carries (13.4 average) and scored two touchdowns in UCA's 64-29 win over UNA...The 255 rushing yards is an ASUN single-game record and second-best total in UCA history...Added three catches for 18 yards, giving him 273 all-purpose yards...Marked his fourth 100+ yard rushing performance of season and second 200+ yard effort of his career. Other Nominees: Zion Webb, Jacksonville State; Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Football

So/2025 RB Darius HaleCentral Arkansas
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  OCT 31 ASUN FOOTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Myles Butler, Central Arkansas, Freshman, Wide Receiver, Montgomery, Ala.,...First Career ASUN Freshman of the Week award; UCA's seventh all-time selection...Bears' leading receiver with 117 yards on a pair of catches in win over UNA...One of his catches resulted in him racing 81 yards for a touchdown...Helped Central Arkansas offense compile an ASUN season best 733 total yards...Was one of two 100+yard receivers in the game. Other Nominees: Larry Worth, Jacksonville State. - ASUN Football

rFr/2026 WR Myles ButlerCentral Arkansas
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  Darius Hale ran for 255 yards and two scores, Will McElvain accounted for three touchdowns and Central Arkansas routed North Alabama 64-21 on Saturday night. Central Arkansas (4-4, 3-0 ASUN) generated 733 yards of offense, including 456 yards on the ground on 41 carries. Hale had 19 carries with scoring runs from 6 and 64 yards. McElvain finished 15-of-24 passing for 277 yards and had a 12-yard touchdown run. Myles Butler and Jarrod Barnes each caught a touchdown pass from McElvain and combined for eight receptions for 220 yards.

Kylin James added 113 yards rushing and a 21-yard touchdown for Central Arkansas. Christian Richmond had an 82-yard kickoff return for a touchdown early in the first quarter for the Bears. Butler's 82-yard TD catch stretched the lead to 26-6 early in the second. ShunDerrick Powell ran for 159 yards and two touchdowns that included a 64-yard scoring run for North Alabama (1-7, 0-4). - Central Arkansas/AP College Football


So/2025 RB Darius HaleCentral Arkansas
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  OCT 17 ASUN FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Christian Richmond, Central Arkansas, Junior, Wide Receiver/Kick Returner, Cypress, Texas,...First Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award; marks the eighth all-time selection and third of the season for Central Arkansas...Set and ASUN single-game record with 12 receptions against Kennesaw State...Finished with 156 yards receiving and a pair of touchdowns...Touchdown grabs were the first two scores of the game for the Bears and went for five and 17 yards...More than doubled his season total for receptions after entering the game with only 11 catches on the year. Other Nominees: Drae McCray, Austin Peay; Anwar Lewis, Jacksonville State; Xavier Shepherd, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

Jr/2024 WR Christian RichmondCentral Arkansas
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  Darius Hale ran for 170 yards and scored two touchdowns and Central Arkansas piled up 543 yards of offense in a 51-24 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday. Hale averaged 7.4-yards per carry with 23 carries, quarterback Will McElvain had 292 yards passing and threw for two touchdowns and wide out Christian Richmond caught 12 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. The Bears broke it open in the second quarter following a 7-all tie after one.

McElvain threw a 17-yards scoring pass to Richmond four seconds into the second quarter to end a 10-play, 75-yard drive. Later, Hale crashed in from the 3-yard line. Hayden Ray kicked a 43-yard field goal, and his 48-yarder as time expired before halftime, gave the Bears (3-4, 2-0 Atlantic Sun Conference) a 27-10 advantage. Xavier Shepherd threw a 53-yard scoring pass to Yesiah Clemons with 8:25 left in the third to reduce the Owls' deficit to 10 but they never got closer. Shepherd threw for 211 yards for Kennesaw State (2-4, 1-2), which the day before announced it will be joining Conference USA in July 2024. - Central Arkansas/AP College Football


So/2025 RB Darius HaleCentral Arkansas
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  OCT 10 ASUN FOOTBALL FRESHMAN OF THE WEEK: Jordan Owens, Central Arkansas, Freshman, Tight End, McGehee, Ark.,...First Career ASUN Freshman of the Week award; UCA's sixth all-time recognition...Recorded 10-yard touchdown catch against Lindenwood; first of his career...Posted the first catch of his career with his reception...Earned a touchdown grab that tied the game at 28 just before halftime...Looks to contribute for the Bears on Saturday against Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

Fr/2026 TE Jordan OwensCentral Arkansas
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  OCT 10 ASUN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Tamuarion Wilson, Central Arkansas, Sophomore, Safety, Bryant, Ark.,...First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; UCA's seventh all-time and third honor of the season...Recorded a career-high 13 tackles including eight solo stops against Lindenwood...Posted one sack for-4 yards and also had one TFL for -4 yards...Nabbed an interception and returned it 17 yards to set up the Bears for a game-tying touchdown...Leads the ASUN this season with 10.0 tackles per game...Other Nominees: Markeith Montgomery, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

So/2025 SS TaMuarion WilsonCentral Arkansas
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  OCT 3 ASUN FOOTBALL DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Demetrias Charles, Central Arkansas, Sophomore, Linebacker, Texarkana, Ark.,...First Career ASUN Defensive Player of the Week award; UCA's sixth all-time nod and second of the season...Tallied a career-high 12 tackles including four solo stops in the win over No. 16 Austin Peay...Recorded a pair of TFLs for -11 yards and had one sack for a nine-yard loss...Forced a third-quarter fumble that set up a Bears' touchdown...Led a UCA defense to limit APSU's offense to under 300 yards and force two turnovers...Other Nominees: Joshua Rudolph, Austin Peay; Joseph Sayles, Eastern Kentucky; Fred Perry, Jacksonville State; Markeith Montgomery, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

So/2025 OLB Demetrias CharlesCentral Arkansas
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  OCT 3 ASUN FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Will McElvain, Central Arkansas, Junior, Quarterback, Des Moines, Iowa,...First Career ASUN Offensive Player of the Week award; seventh all-time and second honor of the season for Central Arkansas...Completed 20-of-31 pass attempts for 261 yards and connected with nine different receivers...Recorded career-best four passing touchdowns; scoring tosses were from 14, 44, 32 and 37 yards...Led Bears to a 42-point second-half explosion in upset of No. 16 Austin Peay...Averaged 13.05 yards per completion and posted a 64.5 percent completion rate...Other Nominees: Parker McKinney, Eastern Kentucky; Zion Webb, Jacksonville State; Jonathan Murphy, Kennesaw State. - ASUN Conference Football

rJr/2024 QB Will McElvainCentral Arkansas
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