Three earn weekly College Football Performance Awards
Oct. 16, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas -- A trio of Texas Longhorns football players received recognition from the College Football Performance Awards for their accomplishments in week seven. Senior RB Fozzy Whittaker was selected as Kickoff Returner of the Week, and freshman RB Malcolm Brown and senior PK Justin Tucker earned honorable mentions for Running Back of the Week and Kickoff Specialist of the week, respectively.
Whittaker returned a third-quarter kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, making it back-to-back games with a 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, tying the school record for career touchdown returns (D.J. Monroe). The 100-yard return matched the school record for the longest in Texas history, held by Whittaker (vs. OU, 2011) and Johnny "Lam" Jones (vs. SMU,1978).
Whittaker set a school record for most kickoff return yards in a single game with 252, breaking the previous mark of 159 by Quan Cosby against Texas A&M in 2007. Whittaker had six returns, averaging 42.0 yards per attempt, also a school record for a single game. Whittaker has just eight career kickoff returns, scoring twice and averaging 46.5 yards per return. In the game Whittaker set a career high with 284 all-purpose yards, breaking his previous high of 158 last week against Oklahoma. The 284 all-purpose yards rank 10th most for a single game in school history.
Brown tallied his second career 100-yard rushing game with a season-high 135 yards on 19 carries. He had 110 yards on 22 attempts earlier this year at UCLA. The two 100-yard games tie for the sixth most by a freshman with Edwin Simmons and Johnny "Lam" Jones. There have been 44 100-yard rushing games by Texas freshmen. With his 135 rushing yards he becomes the 13th Longhorn freshman to reach 500 rushing yards in a season and now has 516 rushing yards in six games.
Brown had a career-long run of 27 yards in the first quarter. In the game he had two runs of 20 or more yards and has four 20-yard gains this year. For the season Tucker had five kickoffs for 345 yards (69 avg) and three touchbacks.
Tucker also made a 34-yard field goal in the second quarter and is now 8-of-9 (.889) on field goal attempts this season and 31-of-36 (.861) for his career. He was 3-for-3 on PATs Saturday and punted seven times for 288 yards (41.1 avg) with three downed inside the 20-yard line.