GREENVILLE, S.C. -- The Southern Conference announced today that Furman running back Antonio Wilcox has been selected league offensive player of the week for his performance in the Paladins' 28-6 road victory over 18th-ranked Western Carolina on Saturday.
Wilcox rushed 21 times for a career high 202 yards and a touchdown in the win over the Catamounts, which marked Furman's sixth consecutive triumph.
Wilcox keyed a powerful Paladin ground attack that amassed a season high 363 yards in the victory. His career long 68-yard run on the first play of the second half set up a touchdown to give Furman a 14-0 lead, and the 6-foot-1, 230-pound senior put the finishing touch on his performance with a 48-yard scoring burst midway through the fourth quarter to give Furman a 28-0 advantage.
The 202-yard rushing effort was the first by a Paladin since Jerodis Williams ran for 239 yards in a 45-24 win over Western Carolina in Greenville in 2012.
The Fitzgerald, Ga., product has been highly effective in Furman's six-game winning streak, rushing 89 times for 487 yards and eight touchdowns in that stretch. He is the Paladins' leading rusher this year with 575 yards and a team leading 10 touchdowns.
Now 6-3 on the season and tied for first place in the SoCon with a 5-1 league mark, Furman is idle this coming Saturday following nine consecutive weeks of play. The Paladins return to action on Nov. 11, playing host to arch-rival The Citadel at Paladin Stadium in a 2:00 p.m. contest that will highlight Family Weekend at Furman.
Hunter Reid, Furman Sports Information