Small, Walden earn weekly honors in JU’s title win
Any time you win a championship, there are several key plays in the game that insure the title.

Colby Walden was named national kick returner of the week for his 82-yard touchdown on the opening kick of the second half.

Rudell Small finished his final home game at JU with 114 yards on 19 carries along with a team-high eight catches for 43 yards to earn PFL Offensive Player of the Week honors.

“Rudell has been doing a little bit of everything for us this season and it is great that he was recognized for his play last week,” said JU head coach Kerwin Bell. “Colby’s kick return to start the second half really energized the sideline and got us back into the game. He’s an explosive player and he showed it on that return.”

Small’s 43rd career rushing touchdown, a 3-yard jaunt with 1:43 left in the game, led the JU football team to a 31-24 victory in the regular season finale and earned the Dolphins their second Pioneer Football League title in the last three years.

It was the sixth 100-yard rushing day for Small this season, who became the first running back in JU history to record 4,000 career rushing yards.

Walden’s kick return turned a 17-14 halftime deficit into a 21-17 lead quickly. It was the first kick return for a touchdown since 2001 and is the second longest kick return in program history.