Harris and McCullers receive LSC honors

Fresh off of its thrilling 34-31 win over Chadron State on Thursday night, the West Texas A&M football team had two players earn Co-Lone Star Conference Player of the Week accolades, the conference office announced Monday. Senior running back earned co-offensive, while senior linebacker Taylor McCuller earned co-defensive honors.

Harris, a senior from El Cajon, Calif., had a breakout game for the Buffs as he led the team with a WT career-high 103 yards on the ground on 17 carries with two touchdowns and caught four passes for 21 yards and a score. Harris had two touchdowns in the fourth quarter alone, including the game-tying touchdown on a 19-yard pass reception with 6:36 remaining as WT outscored Chadron State 18-0 in the fourth quarter alone.

For the season, he leads the team in rushing with 24 attempts and 147 yards (6.1 avg.), two touchdowns and a 73.5 average per game. He also has five pass receptions for 38 yards and two scores.

Harris shares the honor with Robert Armstrong of Texas A&M-Kingsville who had a career-outing in an exhibition win over Monterrey Tech (Mexico) at the LSC Football Festival. Armstrong had 18 catches for 177 yards and three scores, as well as a rushing touchdown.

McCuller, a native of Red Oak, Texas, tallied his first career interception and it couldnâ??t have come at a better time as Chadron State was driving late in the game and a tie score. On a fourth and four from the WT 34, McCuller read CSC quarterback Jonn McLain perfectly and jumped in front of his pass for the pick setting the Buffs up on their eventual game-winning field goal drive. McCuller led the team with 17 tackles, including a career game-high 10 solo stops as he was all over the field all night long. McCuller and the Buff â??Dâ?? put the clamps down on the high-powered Chadron State offense in the second half, outscoring the Eagles 28-7 and holding CSC running back Glen Clinton to 16 yards rushing in the second stanza.

He shares the honor with Marc Martinez of Tarleton State who anchored a defense that limited Midwestern State to just 79 yards rushing which was the lowest total since 2009. Martinez led the team with a game-high 13 tackles and seven solo stops as the Texans upset the 13th-ranked Mustangs.

McCuller leads the team in tackles with 23 and has 12 solo stops on the season. He has 1.5 tackles for loss, 0.5 sacks and one interception for four yards.