UTEP’s Autrey Golden was named Conference USA Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday.
Golden drove the ball into the end zone to lead the Miners to victory against Southern Miss, 35-14. The junior returned his fifth-career kickoff touchdown, a 98-yard return in the third quarter against the GoldenEagles. The Willis, Texas native first kickoff return touchdown of the season makes him the active national leader in kickoff return scores. The junior also checks in third all time in C-USA in kickoff return touchdowns behind NCAA record holder Tyron Carrier (7) and Quincy McDuffie (6).
His stellar showing moves Golden up to No. 20 in the nation in kickoff return with a 25.9 average. Golden now has a total of 78 career returns rating fourth all time in program history. The kick returner also has registered 2,139 total kick-return yards ranking him second all time at UTEP and 10 in the league in career yards. Golden leads the conference in kick return yards this season with 543.
This is Golden’s second C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week honor and the Miners first of the season. In 2012, the junior garneredrecognition for his performance against East Carolina, where he returned a 96-yard kickoff for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
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