Andrews named Sun Belt Offensive Player of Week

Junior running back Antonio Andrews (center) is brought down by freshman defensive back Zach Witfield (left) and sophomore defensive back Lairamie Lee during the game Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012 at Houchens-Smith Stadium. Western Kentucky won 25-24.

Herald Staff

For the third time this year, Antonio Andrews was named the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week Monday.

The junior running back carried 25 times for 230 yards with a touchdown and two fumbles Saturday in WKU’s 25-24 win against North Texas.

Andrews totaled 323 all-purpose yards against the Mean Green and now ranks third on the NCAA’s single-season list with 2,977 all-purpose yards.

Should the Toppers (7-5) be picked to a bowl, Andrews would have a chance to break the national record of 3,250 yards, set by Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders in 1988.

Also, with 1,609 rushing yards this year, the former Fort Campbell High School standout ranks fourth on WKU’s single-season rushing list.

Andrews joins Louisiana-Monroe quarterback Kolton Browning as the only players to be named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week three times in 2012.

Andrews was also named to Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll for the fifth time this season.  It was fourth straight week that Andrews has been honored.

Fan voting for the 2012 Hornung Award is still taking place at, and will run through Dec. 2.