Hayes Named TSWA Offensive Player of the Week
Nov. 12, 2013
University of Memphis running back Brandon Hayes has been named the Offensive Player of the Week by the Tennessee Sportswriters Association for his play in the Tigers' 21-6 win over UT Martin last week.
Middle Tennessee safety Kevin Byard was named TSWA's Defensive Player of the Week.
Hayes rushed for 105 yards on 27 carries and add ed a 12-yard touchdown reception in the Tigers' win. The Chicago, Ill., native gained 43 of his 105 yards on eight rushing attempts in the fourth quarter, helping Memphis seal the win. The game marked the senior's fourth, career 100-yard rushing contest and the second of the season.
Hayes has rushed for 625 yards (4.7 yards per carry) and four touchdowns and has caught 14 passes for 104 yards and two more scores this season.
Also on Tuesday, Hayes was announced as a nominee for the 2013 Burlsworth Trophy.
The Burlsworth Trophy is given to the most outstanding collegiate football player who began his career as a walk-on. A walk-on is defined as a player who began his first season of participation with a Dvision I (FBS) football prgram without financial aid of any kind from his university's athletic department.
The trophy is named in honor of Brandon Burlsworth, who walked on to the Arkansas Razorbacks in 1994, worked his way to being a three-year starter and was eventually named an All-American in 1998. Burlsworth was selected as the 63rd overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1999 NFL Draft but was killed in a car accident 11 days later. The Burlsworth Foundation was created in his memory and supports the physical and spiritual needs of children, in particular those children that have limited opportunities.
"The 2013 class of Burlsworth Trophy nominees are an outstanding group of young men," said Marty Burlsworth, CEO and founder of the Burlsworth Foundation and brother of Brandon. "They represent their schools well and embody everything that the Burlsworth Trophy stands for: hard word, dedication and a commitment to excellence."
Hayes and the Memphis Tigers travel to USF for a 6 p.m. Central game on Saturday. The contest is the first of a late-season stretch in which it plays three of its final four games on the road.