GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman running back Jerodis Williams has been named Southern Conference Special Teams Player of the Week and College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week for his performance in the Paladins' 45-24 Southern Confrerence victory over Western Carolina on Saturday, it was announced today.
Williams, a 5-foot-11, 208-pound senior, recorded a career best 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to give Furman an early first quarter lead it would never relinquish en route to the win — its seventh straight over Western Carolina. The century mark return was the first by a Paladin since William Middleton returned a kickoff 100 yards in a 35-21 win over Wofford in 2006 and marked only the sixth 100-yard runback in the school's 107-season football history.
His kick return exploits were part an outstanding overall performance by the Prattville, Ala., product, who racked up a school record 370 all-purpose yards against the Catamounts, including a career high 18 carry, 239-yard rushing effort that featured touchdown runs of 89 and two yards. The 239-yard display marked the fourth highest single game tally by a Paladin, and his 89-yard bolt represented the second longest in school history.
Williams strong work against Western Carolina moved him into eighth place on Furman's all-time rushing yards ledger with 2,572 yards heading into Saturday's 1:30 p.m. game at Wofford.