DANBURY, Conn. – Redshirt freshman running back Chance Walker added to his accolades on Tuesday, earning a Special Teams Player of the Week award from the Eastern College Athletic Conference one day after receiving the same honor from the South Atlantic Conference.
The Swansea High School product returned a first-quarter kickoff for a score on the first return of his college career that knotted the score at 7-7. The return officially went for 100 yards, making Walker just the second South Atlantic Conference player in the last 26 seasons and sixth in league history to return a kickoff 100 yards or more for a touchdown.
Walker received the kick a few paces into the end zone, jogged as he followed his blockers to the left, and accelerated through a small gap just before the 20. A quick cut to his right at the 25 made a defender miss, and the freshman outran the rest of the Panthers to the boundary and raced down the sideline and into the end zone untouched.
Chance Walker's 100-yard kickoff return that earned him a SAC Special Teams Co-Player of the Week award pic.twitter.com/fmaIALJoFJ— Newberry Wolves (@NewberrySports) September 11, 2017
The return was the longest in school history, surpassing Josh Pierce's 98-yard return vs. Benedict in 2000 for the record. It was Newberry's first kickoff return for a score since Byron Dickerson's 88-yard runback vs. Carson-Newman in 2014.
Walker's other return went for 31 yards, giving him a 65.5-yard average on a pair of kick returns. He has scored touchdowns in each of his first two collegiate games after a 26-yard reception at The Citadel last week.
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