Williams special teams Player of the Week

John F. Silver

UConn senior kick returner Nick Williams was named Big East Special Teams Player of the week for his game in a 24-17 win over Pittsburgh on Friday night.

Williams finished with 160 all-purpose yards, including an 80-yard punt return for a touchdown.  He finished with 80 yards on four punt returns, added 42 yards on two kickoff returns, had three receptions for 31 yards and one rushing attempt for seven yards. The score was Williams’ second punt return for a touchdown this season and the fourth special teams touchdown of his career as he became Connecticut’s all-time leader in return yardage (2,389).

The Huskies made a concerted effort to get Williams returns. In a 13-6 loss to South Florida two weeks ago, Williams did not have a single return yard on punts or kickoffs in the loss to South Florida.  Williams made a big impact against Pittsburgh with his return and remains one of the most dangerous return men in the country.