NASHVILLE, TENN. - The honors keep rolling in for Tennessee State running back Trabis Ward as he has been named the National Running Back of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards and the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Offensive Player of the Week.
Ward carried the ball 43 times for 267 yards (6.2 ypc) and four touchdowns as Tennessee State improved to 7-0 on the season, making the Tigers one of just four undefeated teams at the FCS level, with a 40-28 victory at Southeast Missouri.
The 267 yards and four touchdowns were both the second-highest single-game totals in Tennessee State history. Among all FCS performances this season, the 43 carries were the most, the four rushing touchdowns were tied for the most and the 267 yards were the fourth most this season.
Ward scored on a seven-yard run in the second quarter and then added three fourth quarter scores, running it in from four yards out, one yard out and capping the game with a 30-yard touchdown scamper with 1:26 to play.
Ward currently ranks first nationally in carries (186) second in scoring (11.14 points/game), sixth in rushing (129.71 yards/game) and 16th in all-purpose yards (142.29/game).
The goal of 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.
As prominent scholars from a wide variety of disciplines note, CFPA eliminates the politics and biases that vitiate balloting-based awards.
Tennessee State continues conference play on the road Saturday at Jacksonville State. The game is scheduled for 11 a.m. and will be available on Fox College Sports.
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