It was the biggest stage that Saint Francis had ever played on during its history as a Division I FCS program, but the moment wasn’t too big for the Red Flash’s All-American return man.
Senior Lorenzo Jerome, who was the 2015 national leader in kickoff return average, torched No. 13 Montana for 237 all-purpose yards. He logged 196 yards and one touchdown on four kickoff returns during the 41-31 season-opening setback that was played before a crowd of 26,002 in Missoula.
As a result, STATS Inc., the leader in FCS coverage, tabbed the SFU senior as its top special teamer of the week.
STATS FCS SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Jerome returned a kickoff 79 yards for a touchdown midway through the fourth quarter and it wasn’t even his longest return in the Northeast Conference team’s 41-31 loss at FCS power Montana. In the third quarter, the second-team STATS FCS All-America kickoff returner had an 86-yard return to the Montana 7, which set up a Red Flash touchdown and gave his team a 17-13 lead in the third quarter. He finished with 196 yards on four kick returns and had another 41 yards on two punt returns. He also terrorized Montana on defense, collecting 10 tackles (five solo), one tackle for loss, two interceptions and one pass breakup – STATS Inc.
See Two of Jerome’s Returns in this week’s #NECFB Super 7 Plays Countdown…
Don’t be satisfied with just competing. Have the crave to win every game, every rep and every second.
— Lorenzojerome (@numerolUNO_1) September 5, 2016
Lorenzo Jerome is a legit. If you haven’t seen this kid play, NFL GMs, you’re missing out on a gem. Came into WaGriz and balled!
— Eric (@EW406) September 4, 2016
@NECralph, BTW, Lorenzo Jerome is the real deal. Recorded the game. Watching now. Impressed. Big time.
— Jon Kasper (@jon_kasper) September 4, 2016