BIRMIGHAM, AL–The University of West Alabamaâ€™s Tariq Ali was named Gulf South Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Tigers 34-14 win over then 22nd-ranked Delta State University.
Ali is the first UWA defender to take home accolades this season. The senior linebacker posted his fourth double-digit tackle effort this season, racking up 10 total stops behind five solos. The Birmingham, Ala.-native intercepted a pair of Statesmen passes and also recovered a fumble. Both of his interceptions halted DSU drives in West Alabama territory, while his fumble recovery ended DSUâ€™s first offensive possession of the game.
The win, which snapped a season long, three-game losing streak, marked the first win over the Statesmen in Livingston, Ala. since 1993 and gave UWA Head Coach Bobby Wallace his 97th win at a GSC school.
West Alabama concludes a season-long, three-game homestand on Saturday, Oct. 17 against the University of Arkansas at Monticello.