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Richmond redshirt freshman kick returner/running back Aaron Dykes has been selected as the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week.
Dykes became the first player in Richmond history to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in a game as the Spiders knocked off No. 19 Delaware, 35-25, last Saturday. He had a 100-yard return in the first quarter and then followed with an 88-yard return in the second period that gave Richmond a 28-10 halftime lead.
The two kickoff returns for touchdowns tied FCS and CAA records, and his 226 return yards for the game set a new Spiders’ mark and is the 3rd-highest total in FCS this season.
It was the sixth time this season that CAA Football has received a National Player of the Week award from STATS.
Villanova junior cornerback Jaquan Amos was honored as Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 2, Elon senior defensive end Marcus Willoughby was named Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 9, Maine senior wide receiver/kick returner Earnest Edwards was selected as the Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 23, New Hampshire freshman linebacker Oleh Manzyk was chosen as the Freshman Player of the Week on Oct. 7, and James Madison senior defensive end John Daka was tabbed as Defensive Player of the Week on Oct. 14.
In addition to Dykes’ award, Elon senior defensive back Greg Liggs, Jr. received honorable mention for National Defensive Player of the Week after tying his own school record with three interceptions in a game as the Phoenix defeated Rhode Island, 38-13.