WKU’s Andrews named one of CFPA’s National Punt Returners of the Week

Austin Peay punter Ben Campbell chases WKU junior Antonio Andrews as he returns a punt for a touchdown during the first quarter of the Hilltopper’s 49-10 victory at Smith Stadium Sept. 1.

Herald Staff

WKU running back Antonio Andrews was honored on Monday as one of seven national punt returners of the week by the College Football Performance Awards.

Andrews broke a scoreless tie in the first quarter of the Toppers’ game against Austin Peay on Saturday with a 70-yard punt return touchdown.

His punt return for a touchdown was WKU’s longest since Antonio Veals returned one 86 yards for a score in 2002 against Murray State.

WKU went on to win 49-10.

Andrews finished the game with 228 all-purpose yards, including 130 yards in punt and kick returns.

The former Kentucky Mr. Football award-winner had also six carries for 39 yards and four catches for 59 yards.

Other honorees were Missouri’s Marcus Murphy, LSU’s Odell Beckham, Kansas State’s Tramaine Thompson, Florida State’s Rashad Greene, North Carolina’s Gio Bernard and Northwestern’s Venric Mark.