Utah State’s Williams And Bartlett Earn National Recognition

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State sophomore Kerwynn Williams was named the College Football Performance Awards National Kick Returner of the Week while junior Kellen Bartlett was an honorable mention tight end of the week, as the Aggie duo was recognized for their performance in Saturday’s loss at Nevada.Williams, a native of Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), had a 92-yard kick return for his first career kick return TD and Utah State’s first kick return for a TD since Kevin Robinson’s 92-yard return vs. New Mexico State in 2007. The 92-yard return by Williams is tied for the 10th-best in USU history, tying Tony Pennyman’s 92-yard return vs. UNLV in 2005. Williams ended the night with a career-best 228 all-purpose yards, on 158 kick return yards, as well as a career-best 63 receiving yards and seven rushing yards.Williams’ 92-yard kick return is the longest in the Western Athletic Conference this season and is tied for the 23rd-longest in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) this year, and Williams’ TD is the only kick return for a score in the WAC so far this season. Williams is currently third in the WAC and 24th in the FBS with a 26.8 ypr average. The 228 all-purpose yards the second-most in the WAC this season and Williams is currently second in the conference and 18th in the country in all-purpose yards average with 152.2 ypg.Bartlett, a Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South HS) native, snared a career-best 121 yards on five catches, becoming USU’s first 100-yard receiver since Nnamdi Gwacham had 140 yards on four catches last year which also came against Nevada. The 121 yards was a career-high for Bartlett, quadrupling his previous career-best of 28-yards vs. Fresno State last year. Williams and Bartlett helped spearhead USU’s second-half rally Saturday at Nevada, as the Aggies rallied from a 35-0 halftime deficit before coming up short in a 56-42 shootout to the Wolf Pack, who was ranked No. 24 in the BCS standings, and moved up to No. 25 in the AP Top 25 Poll released Sunday.Utah State returns home on Saturday, Nov. 6 to host New Mexico State. The all-Aggie affair is slated for 1 p.m. (MT) at Merlin Olsen Field at Romney Stadium.To purchase tickets, or for more Aggie football ticket information, fans can contact the USU Ticket Office at 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305, in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or on-line 24 hours a day at www.utahstateaggies.com under the “tickets” drop down menu.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball and through the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.-USU-

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