GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Furman's Jerodis Williams has been named National Kickoff Returner of the Week for his performance in the Paladins' 33-28 loss to FCS 12th-ranked Appalachian State on Saturday, the College Football Performance Awards announced today.
Williams recorded his second 100-yard kickoff return of the season on Saturday against Appalachian State, helping the Paladins come back from an early 10-0 first half deficit. He also ran 14 times for 59 yards in the contest.
The Prattville, Ala., senior leads FCS in kickoff returns, averaging 38.9 yards per attempt. Earlier this season he ran back a kickoff 100 yards in the Paladins' 45-24 victory over Western Carolina, part of a school record 370 all-purpose yard performance. He is well ahead of Furman's current season kickoff return average record (37.2 avg.) set by Brian Bratton in 2001.
In addition to his exploits as a return specialist, the All-Southern Conference performer has rushed for 1,067 yards and 10 touchdowns this fall, his second straight 1,000-yard campaign. He heads into Saturday's 1:30 p.m. ESPN3 televised home season finale against The Citadel with 2,994 rushing yards, good for sixth in Furman in program history.