UCA’s Cummins receives honor

University of Central Arkansas senior Matt Cummins was named the Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week.

University of Central Arkansas placekicker Matt Cummins closed his career by earning the Southland Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor. All weekly awards in the SLC are presented by MidSouth Bank.

Cummins, a senior from Conway High School, accounted for 10 of UCA’s 16 points in its 16-7 victory over Abilene Christian in the season finale in Abilene. Cummins connected on three field goals, from 20, 37 and 42 yards, and added the extra point on UCA’s lone touchdown in the fourth quarter that sealed the victory.

For the season, Cummins finished 13 of 17 on field goal attempts and 37 of 40 on PATs. His 41 career field goals is two short of tying the school record of 43 held by UCA Sports Hall of Famer Curtis Burrow (1982-85) and is tied with Eddie Camara (2011-14) for second all time. His 129 PATs is fourth-best in school history.

Cummins had a career-long 50-yard field goal in his first career attempt against Samford in 2015, and added 47-yard field goals in both 2016 and 2017.