Senior Ade Tuyo was named Tulane Special Teams Player of the Week after returning four kickoffs for 117 yards, including a career-long 54-yarder, in Saturday's win over UTEP.
Nov. 12, 2007
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Sophomore wide receiver Jeremy Williams, senior defensive lineman Antonio Harris and senior kick returner Ade Tuyo were named the Tulane University football team's Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, Tulane head coach Bob Toledo announced Monday.
The weekly honors are the 10th of the year for Tulane as the Green Wave posted its most complete game of the season on Saturday to defeat Conference USA foe UTEP, 34-198, in the Louisiana Superdome. The weekly team honor was the second of the season for Williams while Harris claimed his third honor of the year and fourth of his career. Tuyo, meanwhile, claimed the team's weekly honor for the first time in 2007.
A native of Baytown, Texas, Williams posted a career-best 188 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high eight catches in the win over the Miners. With two scoring grabs - both in the first half - Williams became the first Tulane player to haul in more than one touchdown pass since then-junior Preston Brown had a pair of touchdown receptions against UTEP on Oct. 14, 2005, in a Tulane "home" game played in Ruston, La.
On the night, Williams had touchdown catches of 43 and 23 yards, as well as non-scoring grabs of 56 and 48 yards. Williams' receiving total his second 100-plus yard day of the season and third of his career and stands as the ninth-highest yardage total in Tulane single-game history. Williams' eight grabs were two more than his previous season high, and two shy of his career-best 10 catches set last season vs. UCF.
Harris - a native of Shreveport, La., and 2003 graduate of Green Oak High - earned Tulane's defensive honor after posting a team-best seven tackles (four solo, three assists) and forcing a fumble Saturday against UTEP. His seven stops were the second highest tackle total of the season (11 vs. Southeastern Louisiana), and with a start on Saturday, Harris pushed his consecutive games started streak to 44, which is the longest streak of any NCAA Division I-Bowl Subdivision defensive lineman.
Tuyo, meanwhile, claimed his first weekly honor after tallying 117 yards on four kickoff returns on Saturday. His 54-yard return with 10:20 left to play in the first half was a career long, easily surpassing his previous long return of 47 set earlier this season against Houston.
Tuyo started the game at fullback and carried the ball one time for one-yard gain. For the season, Tuyo has 615 yards on 25 kickoff returns, and his 24.6 yard-per-return average ranks fifth in C-USA and 48th in the nation.
Williams, Harris, Tuyo and the Green Wave return to action on Nov. 17, with a 2 p.m. C-USA showdown at Rice before closing out the 2007 season on Nov. 24 at East Carolina. Both games will be broadcast on the Tulane ISP Sports Network (local station, WIST AM 690) and both live audio and video are available via the internet at www.TulaneGreenWave.com to registered members of the All-Access Pass. Live stats are also available free of charge on the official website of Tulane Athletics.