by Rick Kindhart
Missouri State linebacker Tylar Wiltz (Jr., Breaux Bridge, La.) has been named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Performer of the Week, the league announced early Tuesday.
Against No. 5-ranked Oklahoma in the season opener Saturday, Wiltz posted a game-high and career-high 12 tackles, including eight solo stops and 2.0 tackles for loss. In just his third career start, the inside linebacker accounted for three key stops on third down in the contest and both of his tackles for loss were solo efforts.
Taking on the highest-ranked opponent in the history of Missouri State’s program, Wiltz guided a Bears defense that accounted for 11 tackles for loss and four sacks against the Sooners in Norman.
Wiltz lettered for the Bears last year after transferring from Independence (Kan.) Community College.
Missouri State returns to action next Saturday (Sept. 26) at Central Arkansas in the Bears’ second of three fall contests.