CONWAY, AR - University of Central Arkansas quarterback Luke Hales earned Southland Conference Offensive Player of the Week and FCS National Freshman Player of the Week honors on Monday.
Hales, a 6-foot-2, 231-pound redshirt freshman from Greenwood, Ark., threw for 304 yards and five touchdowns in his first game action in last Saturday’s 66-35 win over Houston Baptist. Hales also had a two-yard rushing touchdown as the No. 16/18 Bears improved to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in SLC play. Hales was starting in place of sophomore Breylin Smith and junior Kirk Baugh, who both missed the game with injuries.
Hales tossed a 65-yard touchdown pass to senior Jakari Dillard on his first collegiate pass. For the game, he completed 16 of 27 with one interception and no sacks. The Bears finished with a season-high 558 yards of total offense in their first consecutive victory over the Huskies.
UCA travels to Nacogdoches, Texas, this weekend to take on the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks at 2 p.m. at Homer Bryce Stadium.