Niles Paul named conference POW

Nebraska sophomore return man Niles Paul has been named the Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort in the Huskers' 35-12 victory over San Jose State on Saturday.

Paul changed the momentum of the game early in the fourth quarter with an 85-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. The return came after San Jose State had cut the Husker lead to 14-12. The return gave Nebraska a 21-12 advantage and the Huskers added two additional touchdowns in the fourth quarter to pull away for a 23-point victory.

For the game, the Omaha native returned two kickoffs for 111 yards, had two punt returns for 21 yards and caught a career-best two passes for 27 yards. The sophomore is averaging 40.0 yards per kickoff return to rank third in the Big 12 and fifth nationally. He is sixth in the league in punt returns (13.2) and in the top 30 in NCAA rankings.

Paul is the first Nebraska player to earn Big 12 Player-of-the-Week honors since Joe Ganz was named Offensive Player of the Week for his effort last year against Kansas State. The last time a Husker was honored as Big 12 Special Teams Player of the Week was Barry Turner against Colorado in 2006.

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