What a way to kick off your Walter Payton Award candidacy, Mr. Rob Hollomon!
After powering Central Connecticut to a headline-grabbing upset of No. 7 Towson, Hollomon pulled in the Sports Network’s National Division I FCS Offensive Player of the Week award.
Hollomon, who is one of five Preseason All-Americans in the NEC, totaled 280 all-purpose yards as CCSU stunned a Towson program that advanced to the NCAA FCS Championship Game last season.
The senior running back capped a 161-yard rushing performance by plunging into the end zone for the game-winning score with 00:36 remaining. Totaling 209 yards from scrimmage, the all-purpose extraordinaire also made a game-high nine receptions for 48 yards.
Hollomon, who is coming off a junior campaign during which he led all of FCS in all-purpose yardage (189.2 ypg), landed on the official preseason list of 20 candidates for the Walter Payton Award, an honor known as the “Heisman of FCS.”
— Brandon Lawrence (@blawrence914) September 1, 2014
SIDE NOTE: It was by no means a bad opening day for the NEC’s other Walter Payton Award hopeful. Senior running back Keshaudas Spence gained 139 yards on the ground in Sacred Heart’s thumping of Marist. The burly back became SHU’s all-time leading rusher in the process, surpassing Ed Priccolo (3,052).