LR Christian's Weddle Week 6 Player of the Week
October 10, 2007
Everyone knows about sophomore running back Michael Dyer and junior quarterback Griffin Kuhn. Multi-faceted Tyler Weddle is the other member of the trifecta but most unknown at least outside of the team.
“Weddle was our best football player coming into the season,” veteran Little Rock Christian head coach Johnny Watson said. “He’s been our go-to guy for three years now.”
After last week's dominating performance, he's now known all over the state.
In a 42-31 win at Harrison, Weddle scored Little Rock Christian’s first four touchdowns, turning screen passes into 75- and 87-yard touchdowns, returning an interception 73 yards for a touchdown, and turning another screen into a 47-yard touchdown.
He finished with seven catches for 265 yards with the three touchdowns.
That was on offense.
Defensively, he intercepted two other passes to give him three for the game. He would have had another interception, but wisely batted down a fourth-down pass. He also had eight solo tackles, two assists, broke up four passes and forced a fumble.
“For both sides of the ball in one game, it was amazing to say the least,” Watson said.
For the season, Weddle has 28 catches for 690 yards and 11 touchdowns. In three conference games, he’s had touchdown catches of 87, 80, 80, 75, 47, 27, and 12 yards. For his career, he has 81 receptions for 1,861 yards and 25 touchdowns.
"It's just 5-9, but if he was 6-foot everybody in the nation would be looking at him,” Watson said. “He’s a tremendous player.”
Defensively, Weddle is good beyond his interceptions. In the past two years against Central Arkansas Christian, Weddle has been responsible for covering the mega-talented Joe Adams.
“He’s covered Joe Adams straight up the past two seasons,” Watson said. “He’s been the difference in the game.”
Weddle is a big reason why Little Rock Christian is off to its first 6-0 in school history and sits atop the 5A-West standings with Greenwood and Siloam Springs at 3-0.