By Adam Cavalier
Carson-Newman football return man Lonnie Williams has been named the Astroturf South Atlantic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after his outstanding game against Brevard Saturday.
The honor is the first of Williams career and the first special teams player of the week accolade for a Carson-Newman player since kicker Curt Duncan won the honor in week two of 2013.
Williams set a school record for kickoff return yards with 215. His first career kickoff return went 100 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the game. The 100-yard kickoff return is the fourth in school history and the first since 1992.
“I just followed my blockers,” Williams said. “They made good blocks and I followed TraShaun Ward. Once I broke it, I just used my speed to get to the end zone.”
Damon Wright has two of the four returns for 100 yards, the first against Wingate in 1992 and then Presbyterian in 1990. Kenneth Tyson had the first 100-yard kickoff return against Mesa in 1983.
Williams averaged 43 yards per kickoff return over his five run backs. That tally is the seventh most among players with at least two returns in a game and first among players returning five kicks in a single game.