Nashville, Tenn. - Tennessee State University Football's running back, Preston Brown, was named D-I FCS Co-Running Back Performer of the Week.
Brown, a native of Antioch, Tenn. receives the national recognition courtesy of his record breaking performance in the Tigers' 33-26 loss to Jackson State in the 21st Annual Southern Heritage Classic.
Brown rushed for a new Classic record, 218 yards (6.6 yards per carry), adding two touchdowns while tying the attempt record with 33 carries. Brown's first score gave TSU their only lead at the 5:29 mark in the first quarter. His second touchdown in the fourth quarter with 5:07 remaining narrowed the lead and was the last score for TSU.
Hey becomes the sixth player to rush for over 200 yards in school history and the first since 2006 when Javarris Williams rushed for 229 yards against Florida A&M.
At 5-10, 190 pounds, Brown currently leads the Ohio Valley Conference and ranks fifth in the nation (FCS) averaging 133 yards per game (5.2 yards per carry) with three touchdowns.
Brown shares his first weekly honor with Stony Brook's running back Brock Jackolski. He joins two other OVC players on the CFPA week two list with Southeast Missouri State kicker, Drew Geldbach, (Placekicker Performer of the Week) and Austin Peay safety, Jeremy Ross (Defensive Back Co-Performer of the Week) also receiving honors.
The Tigers will open OVC play at home against Austin Peay State on Sept. 18, 2008. Start time is scheduled for 6 p.m. at LP Field.
The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferment 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. Furthermore, CFPA is the only awards organization to receive praise from both Republican and Democratic White House officials for promoting objectivity and fairness in college football.