Utah State’s Tyler Bennett has been named College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) National Punter of the Week it was announced Sunday following Utah State’s 35-13 Homecoming win against UNLV.
For Bennett, it is the second time in as many weeks he has been recognized by CFPA as he earned honorable mention punter of the week honors following USU’s 31-19 road win at Colorado State last weekend.
Utah State had two other players recognized by CFPA this week as senior running back Kerwynn Williams earned honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week honors, while sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton garnered honorable mention quarterback of the week accolades. Keeton was also named College Sports Madness’ Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his performance against UNLV.
Williams is receiving national recognition from CFPA for the third-straight week after garnering honorable mention running back of the week honors last week and honorable mention all-purpose performer of the week accolades two weeks ago.
Bennett, a 5-11, 218-pound senior from Phoenix, Ariz., (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC) punted five times for an average of 47.4 yards against UNLV. He finished the game with two punts of 50-plus yards and had all five of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line, which is a career-high. On the season, Bennett ranks fourth in the WAC and 31st in thenation in punting (43.4 ypk).
Keeton, a 6-foot-1, 200 pound sophomore from Houston, Texas, (Cypress Creek HS) completed 21-of-34 passes for a career-high 404 yards against the Rebels, as those 34 attempts ties his career-high. Keeton also had four touchdown passes in the game, the second-most of his career, to go along with four rushing yards on six carries. The 404 passing yards for Keeton rank as the 10th-most in school history and the most by an Aggie quarterback since 2002.
West Virginia’s Geno Smith was named CFPA’s National Quarterback of the Week and other players to garner honorable mention honors along with Keeton include: Zac Dysert (Miami-Ohio), Stephen Morris (Miami), David Ash (Texas), Keith Wenning (Ball State), Sean Mannion (Oregon State), Nick Florence (Baylor), Johnny Manziel (Texas A&M), Tajh Boyd (Clemson), Kolton Browning (Louisiana-Monroe) and Derek Carr (Fresno State).
On the season, Keeton ranks first in the WAC and 27th in the nation in total offense (297.4 ypg), fifth in the WAC and 26th in the nation in passing efficiency (156.4), fourth in the WAC and 37th in the nation in passing (256.2 ypg), and eighth in the WAC in rushing (41.2 ypg).
Williams, a 5-foot-8, 189 pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nev., (Valley HS) had a career-high seven catches for a career-high 147 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown reception which is a career-long and the longest play from scrimmage for USU this year. The 147 receiving yards for Williams is the most by an Aggie since Kevin Curtis caught 13 passes for 177 yards against Middle Tennessee in 2002 and the most by a non-receiver since running back Tom Larscheid had 172 receiving yards on three receptions against Hawai`i in 1959.
Williams also rushed for 113 yards against the Rebels on 20 carries to become the first Utah State player to have 100-yards rushing andreceiving in the same game since Robert Turbin rushed for 104 yards on 17 carries and added 116 receiving yards on four receptions against Southern Utah in 2009. For Williams, it is his second-straight 100-yard rushing game and the third of his career, to go along with his first-ever 100-yard receiving game.
Northwestern’s Kain Colter was named CFPA’s All-Purpose Performer of the Week. Joining Williams on the honorable mention list include: Dri Archer (Kent State), Anthon Samuel (Bowling Green), David Fluellen (Toledo), Antonio Andrews (Western Kentucky), Ameer Abdullah (Nebraska), Isaiah Burse (Fresno State) and Ka’Deem Carey (Arizona).
On the season, Williams ranks first in the WAC and 20th in the nation in all-purpose yards (156.2 ypg), second in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing (103.8 ypg), eighth in the WAC in receiving (52.4 ypg), ninth in the WAC in scoring (6.0 ppg) and ninth in the WAC in total offense (103.8 ypg).
Utah State (4-1) is off to its best start since 1978 when that team won its first five games of the year. USU has won nine of its last 11 games dating back to 2011 including each of itslast five at home.
Utah State plays its third in-state opponent of the season this weekend as it travels to Provo to face BYU on Friday, Oct. 5 at 8:15 p.m., in a game that will be televised nationally on ESPN.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.