Norfolk State’s Riddick Named CSJ Freshman Of The Week

Norfolk State RB Brendon Riddick

College Sports Journal

News Release


PHILADELPHIA, PA. — Brendon Riddick of Norfolk State has been named as the College Sports Journal freshman of the week for the second week of the Football Championship Subdivision season.


Riddick rushed 21 times for 150 yards and three touchdowns to help the No. 22-ranked Spartans grind out a 31-24 victory on the road at then-No. 25 Liberty on Saturday night.


He also assisted on a tackle against Liberty, his second tackle of the season, for the Spartans.


In two games, the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Riddick has 30 carries for 240 yards, averaging an impressive 8.0 yards per carry. 


This redshirt freshman from Richmond, VA., who served as Norfolk State's scout team quarterback before being moved to running back in the spring, also has contributed four touchdowns to help NSU — the defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champions — to a 2-0 start.


Other candidates considered included:


Zak Browning, Southern Utah, eight tackles, six solo stops, two assists, one assisted tackle for one yard lost, one forced fumble in a 50-31 loss at California.


Khairi Dickson, St. Francis, running back, 21 carries for 148 yards rushing and one touchdown, two receptions for 22 yards, 204 all-purpose yards in a 39-28 victory against Bryant.


Reese Hannon, Furman, quarterback, 22-of-35 passing for 255 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions and had three carries for two yards to finish with 257 yards of total offense in a 47-45, triple-overtime loss at home to Coastal Carolina.


Ryan Hillier, South Dakota, linebacker, nine tackles, five solo stops and four assists in a 31-21 victory at home against Colgate.


Jacob Huesman, Tennessee-Chattanooga, quarterback, 18-of-30 passing for 181 yards and two touchdowns, 21 carries for 166 yards and one TD, 347 yards of total offense in a 27-24 loss at Jacksonville State.


Miles Killebrew, Southern Utah, defensive back, 11 tackles, six solo stops, five assists in a 50-31 loss at California.


Sawyer Kollmorgen, Northern Iowa, quarterback, 11-of-18 passing for 229 yards and three TDs in a 59-0 victory at home over Central State.


Keiran McDonagh, Portland State, quarterback, 21-of-41 passing for 301 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions, eight carries for 19 yards rushing, 320 yards of total offense and one tackle in a 45-37 loss at North Dakota.


Trent McKinney, Montana, quarterback, 15-of-29 for 307 yards, with three touchdowns and three interceptions passing, 13 carries for 68 yards and one touchdown rushing, 375 yards of total offense in a 35-27 loss at Appalachian State.


Troymaine Pope, Jacksonville State, running back, 12 carries for 100 yards rushing, one kickoff return for two yards, 102 all-purpose yards, 23-yard run on the final play from scrimmage to set up the winning field goal in a 27-24 victory over Tennessee-Chattanooga.


Sean Price, Appalachian State, wide receiver, eight receptions, 103 yards, one touchdown for 32 yards in a 35-27 win over Montana.


J.J. Raffelson, Western Illinois, linebacker, 12 tackles, two solo stops, 10 assists in a 27-17 victory at home against Indianapolis.


Josh Smith, Southern Utah, wide receiver/returnman, six kickoff returns for 160 yards, 23.3 yards per return, one reception for seven yards in a 50-31 loss at California. 


Jamie Williams, Stony Brook, running back, nine carries for 144 yards and three touchdowns rushing, one kickoff return for no yards in a 77-7 victory at home against Pace.