LOGAN, Utah — Utah State football player Kerwynn Williams has been named to the honorable mention Consensus Draft Services Preseason FBS All-American Team, while also being tabbed to the College Football Performance Awards national kickoff returner of the year watch list. Last season, Williams set four new NCAA FBS records, including single-season kickoff yards (1,444), most yards returned per game in a season (120.3 ypg) and career (112.0), along with most returns per game for career (4.26). Williams also led the Western Athletic Conference and ranked sixth in FBS in all-purpose yards per game (170.2 ypg) and also led the conference and ranked 21st in the country in kickoff return average (27.3). The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams. Williams is one of Utah State’s 46 returning letterwinners (28 offense, 17 defense, one special teams), including 16 starters (nine offense, six defense, one special teams), from last season’s 4-8 overall mark, and 2-6 in WAC play, in head coach Gary Andersen’s second season at the helm of the Aggie program. After its season-opener at Auburn, Utah State’s home opener is on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 6 p.m. (MT), taking on in-state foe Weber State, marking the first time that USU and WSU have squared off since 2001, and Utah State leads the all-time series, 11-1. The Aggie-Wildcat match-up will have special meaning for Andersen, who will be facing his mentor, Weber State head coach Ron McBride. Andersen played for McBride at Utah in 1985-86. For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball. 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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