BOCA RATON, Fla. - FAU Football’s Kerrith Whyte Named C-USA Special Teams Player of the Week
Kerrith Whyte, Jr., a Florida Atlantic University running back and kick return specialist, made history on Saturday and for his efforts, the sophomore was awarded Conference USA’s Special Teams Player of the Week. The Loxahatchee, Florida, native is the first FAU player in 17 years of play to record a kick return for a touchdown. The feat came in the program’s 202nd game and on the 814th kick return in history.
On the opening kick of the second half, Whyte cradled the ball, rushed up field and into a crowd, where he spun around a defender and then literally outran the rest to make history. On the day, he had two kick returns for a total of 128 yards and the score. He added two carries for nine rushing yards.
Whyte’s selection marks the sixth C-USA Player of the Week honor bestowed to an Owl in 2017. Devin Singletary (Oct. 2, Oct. 30 and Nov. 6), Jason Driskel (Oct. 23) and Jalen Young (Nov. 6). It is the fourth consecutive week an FAU player is honored.
FAU will host the 16th annual Shula Bowl this Saturday, pitting the host Owls versus FIU in the final home game of the 2017 regular season. Tickets for the game are available by phone at 866-FAU-OWLS or online at fausports.com. The game will be streamed and carried locally on television on STADIUM and also can be heard on ESPN 106.3.