MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2003
No. 9 JU Sweeps Pioneer Football League Weekly Honors
Sept. 29, 2003
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Jacksonville University running back Emmett Hunter (Largo, Fla.) was named Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week, while senior free safety Charlton Williams (Lynn Haven, Fla.) earned Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Week honors and freshman punter/kicker Ryan Long (Jacksonville/Orange Park) was named Special Teams Player of the Week after the tandem helped lead the Dolphins to their third consecutive victory in Saturday's 34-27 win over Valparaiso. JU (3-1), which is off to its best start since 2001 when the Dolphins opened the season 4-0, also re-entered the Sports Network I-AA Mid Major Top-10 poll at No. 9.
Hunter rushed a school-record 38 times for a career-best 210 yards and two touchdowns on Saturday, literally carrying JU in the second half with 21 carries for 129 yards. The 6-foot-1, 216-pound senior ran the ball 11 times for 73 yards, including a 2-yard TD run, as the Dolphins marched 80 yards on 15 plays to take a 26-20 lead at the start of the fourth quarter. Hunter then broke off a season-long 29-run on the Dolphins' game-winning drive to put JU at the Valpo 15-yard line with less than four minutes to play. It is the second-best rushing performance in school history, second only to Jon Underhill's 225 yards against Greensboro in 1998, and the 10th best single-game performance in Division I-AA this season. Hunter now ranks 14th in I-AA with 118.8 yards per game following his third career 100-yard outing, and ranks third all-time at JU with 1,357 career yards. He also leads the team with four touchdowns after scoring just six times in his first two years at JU.
Williams shares the honor with Morehead State's Craig Unger after making seven tackles, breaking up a pass and returning a fumble 64 yards for his first career touchdown to give JU an early 7-0 lead. The senior free safety leads the Dolphins and ranks fourth in the PFL with 33 tackles (8.2/game) and five pass breakups.
Long earns his second weekly honor after averaging 44.8 yards per punt, including a 52-yarder, while also filling in as the Dolphins' place kicker, booting his first two career field goal attempts (25, 30) and two PAT's for eight points. Long, who continues to lead the PFL and ranks 14th in I-AA with a 42.6 average, filled in for Ross Shmunes (Jacksonville/Raines), who missed the game for Rosh Hashanah.
The Dolphins return to action Saturday as they travel to Des Moines, Iowa, to take on Drake in a PFL North crossover game. Kickoff is set for 2 p.m. EST as JU looks for its first four-game win streak since 2001