By Adam Cavalier
For the third time this week, Carson-Newman football running back Andy Hibbett has been honored for his near record breaking performance from Saturday’s 48-20 win over Mars Hill.
Hibbett has been named the USA Football National Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 191 yards on seven carries last Saturday. He adds the honor to his trophy case with a South Atlantic Conference Offensive Player of the Week from the league office and Bojangles’ Male Athlete of the Week from the Carson-Newman athletic department.
At 27.3 yards per rush, Hibbett turned in the second highest tally in Carson-Newman football history for a single game among players with at least five rushes.
The senior from Gibbs High School raced for scores from 58, 65 and 55 yards away. His trio of touchdowns moves him into a tie for 10th on Carson-Newman’s all-time rushing touchdown list with Nate Inman.
Hibbett joins Kenneth Tyson as the only Carson-Newman running back with three rushing touchdowns each longer than 50 yards. Tyson accomplished that against Fairmont State during the 1987 season in a 42 – 21 Eagle win over the Falcons.
Hibbett’s 191 yards on the ground were five away from his career high set earlier this season against Wayne State. He has gone over the century mark in four consecutive games.
The Eagles are off this week before returning to action Oct. 18 at Tusculum. Kickoff for the contest is set for 2:30 p.m. from Pioneer Field.