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USU football: Utah State's Kerwynn Williams named WAC Offensive Player of the Week

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Sept. 24 2012 6:15 p.m. MDT

Utah State Aggies running back Kerwynn Williams (25) scores in overtime against the Utah Utes in Logan Friday, Sept. 7, 2012.

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Utah State senior running back Kerwynn Williams was named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday following his performance against Colorado State in leading the Aggies to a 31-19 road win. It is the first time in his career he has been named the WAC’s Player of the Week.

Williams was also named the American First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Sept. 23 in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel. It is the second time in his career Williams has received USU student-athlete of the week honors.

Against the Rams, Williams had 227 yards of total offense as he rushed for 205 yards on 21 carries with two touchdowns, all career-highs, and added three receptions for 22 yards. Williams had touchdown runs of 26 and 58 yards in the game, with the 58-yarder being a career-long. Overall, it was Williams’s second-career 100-yard rushing game and first-career multi-touchdown game. Williams’s 205 rushing yards ranks tied for the 22nd-most in a single game in school history.

On the season, Williams ranks second in the WAC and is tied for 27th in the nation in rushing (101.5 ypg), fourth in the WAC and 40th in the nation in all-purpose yards (130.2 ypg) and ninth in the WAC in total offense (101.5 ypg).

Utah State football continues action this week as they host UNLV in the ‘White Out’ Homecoming game Saturday at 6 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.

Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:

SOCCER – Senior defender Natalie Norris (Sandy, Utah) scored Utah State’s only goal of the week as the Aggies lost to No. 12 BYU (1-0) and tied Wyoming (1-1 2OT). Against the top-ranked team in the West Region, Norris was part of the Aggie backline that shut down the BYU offense, holding them to one early goal. Against Wyoming, Norris planted a penalty kick in the back of the net to tie the score in the second half and send the match into overtime.

MEN’S TENNIS – Senior Sven Poslusny (Lorrach, Germany) posted a 3-0 singles record last week at the Weber State Invitational as he won the singles title with a straight-sets win against Oliver Good of Weber State in the semifinals (6-1, 6-4) and a three-sets win against Todd Fought of Weber State in the championship match (6-1, 4-6, 6-4).

WOMEN’S TENNIS – Sophomore McKenzie Davis (Salt Lake City, Utah) posted a 3-2 singles record last weekend at the BYU Invitational as she advanced to the championship match where she lost to Simona Synkova of Wyoming in straight sets (6-2, 7-5).

VOLLEYBALL –Senior opposite side hitter Shay Sorensen (North Ogden, Utah) averaged 2.62 kills, 2.25 digs 0.88 blocks and 0.25 service aces per set last weekend in helping Utah State to a 1-1 WAC record with a five-set win against Seattle and a three-set loss to Idaho. Against the Redhawks, Sorensen logged her third-straight double-double and the fifth of the season with 13 kills and 14 digs, to go along with six blocks. Against the Vandals, she posted a team-high eight kills to go along with four digs and one block.

2012-13 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners

Aug. 27 – Josselyn White, Volleyball

Sept. 3 – Chuckie Keeton, Football

Sept. 10 – Chuckie Keeton, Football

Sept. 17 – Tanner Higham, Golf

Sept. 24 – Kerwynn Williams, Football

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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