Monday, September 29, 2008

D-Will is recognized

Derrick Williams has been named the Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. From

Derrick Williams, Penn State
SR, KR/WR, Greenbelt, Md./Eleanor Roosevelt

Williams became the first player in the Joe Paterno era to score a rushing, receiving and kickoff return touchdown in the same game to lead Penn State to a victory over nationally-ranked Illinois. The senior wideout caught a 21-yard scoring toss to tie the game at 14-14 and added a five-yard touchdown run to give PSU a 21-14 advantage. After the visitors cut the deficit to 24-17 at the end of the third quarter, Williams returned the ensuing kickoff 94 yards for another score to put the game away. He totaled 133 yards on his three kickoff returns and added 33 rushing yards and 75 receiving yards for a career-high 241 all-purpose yards, the most by a Nittany Lion since 2002. Williams now has two kickoff return touchdowns this season to equal a school record set by Chuck Peters in 1940 and equaled by Curt Warner in 1980. Williams picks up his first career weekly accolade and the first for a PSU special teams player since 2006.
LAST PSU SPECIAL TEAMS POW: P Jeremy Kapinos on Oct. 23, 2006
Congratulations Derrick!

Speaking of a football "hat trick", a former Nittany Lion completed a similar feat in 2004. During the season opner versus Akron at Beaver Stadium, QB Zack Mills scored a rushing and receiving TD as well as throwing a score. The game recap can be found here.

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