Penny accounted for 353 all-purpose yards in San Diego State’s 30-20 win at Arizona State on Saturday
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September 10, 2017 (San Diego) - San Diego State senior Rashaad Penny (Norwalk, Calif.) has been named the Walter Camp National FBS Offensive Player of the Week, the Walter Camp Foundation presented by Generation UCAN announced Sunday. He became the first Aztec to ever win the Walter Camp Offensive Player-of-the-Week award and the second on either side of the ball (also linebacker Calvin Munson on Sept. 6, 2015).
Penny led SDSU to a 30-20 win at Arizona State on Saturday night, rushing 18 times for a career-high 216 yards (12.0 avg.) and a touchdown, while adding four catches for 38 yards and a touchdown, and a 99-yard kick return for a score. Penny became the first player in FBS this season with at least one rushing touchdown, one receiving touchdown and one kick return score in the same game.
Penny’s 353 all-purpose yards (216 rushing, 99 kick return and 38 receiving) are the most in a FBS game this season (second is 272), third most in SDSU single-game history, only trailing Marshall Faulk’s 422 vs. Pacific on Sept. 14, 1991 and Darnay Scott’s 354 against UTEP on Oct. 17, 1992, and rank as the fifth most in Mountain West history. The 216 rushing yards are also the fifth most in a game this season in FBS play.
Penny’s first score was a 95-yard rushing touchdown to put San Diego State up, 7-0, in the first quarter, which is the longest rushing play in FBS this season, third-longest rushing play in program history and longest since a 99-yard run by Ronnie Hillman vs. Wyoming on Oct. 29, 2011. He later added a 99-yard kick return touchdown in the second quarter to put the Aztecs up, 14-7, tied for the fifth-longest kick return in FBS this season and tied for the seventh-longest kick return in program history. It extended his school record with his sixth career KR score. Penny finished his scoring with a 33-yard touchdown catch from Christian Chapman in the third to give SDSU a 27-14 advantage.
Penny became the 11th player in SDSU history with multiple 200-yard rushing games, recording his seventh career 100-yard rushing game (all over the past 12 games). Penny now has 18 career rushing touchdowns and 29 overall touchdowns (also six kick return and five receiving), and 25 touchdowns (17 rushing, four receiving and four kick return) over his last 20 games. Penny, whose six career kick return touchdowns are also the most among active FBS players and one shy of a NCAA record, moved into 17th place on San Diego State’s all-time rushing list, now with 1,821 yards.
This is the 14th year that the Walter Camp Football Foundation honors one offensive and one defensive player as its national Football Bowl Subdivision player of the week during the regular season. Recipients are selected by a panel of national media members and administered by the Foundation. Clemson’s Austin Bryant won the award on the defensive side of the ball.