COLORADO SPRINGS — September 13, 2021 — Chadron State College senior kicker and punter Gunnar Jones, of Florence, Alabama, was announced on Monday as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week, for his performance on Saturday in Chadron.
Against 22nd-ranked Angelo State, Jones connected from 45 yards for a field goal, which was a career high for him and the longest successful field goal try by a CSC player since 2014. He added a perfect 3-for-3 effort on point-after-touchdown tries, for six points in the game.
On kickoff team, he averaged 63.4 yards on five attempts, with three going for touchbacks. He added a tackle on one of his kickoffs.
Finally as a punter, he booted kicks of 71, 56, and 53 yards en route to a 51.2-yard average, nearly clipping the school single-game record of 51.4, held by Steve Nelson since 1973. Jones planted two of his punts inside the Angelo State 20-yard line.
Jones is the first RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week since Drake Holdren last fall.