Truman's Truman's Tremaine Millender was named the Great Lakes Valley Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week.
Millender had 163 yards on three kickoff returns including a record tying 100-yard touchdown in the Bulldogs 40-37 victory over Southwest Baptist (Mo.) on Saturday night.Millender tied or broke three GLVC records in the Bulldogs first game as a member of the league.
His 163 yards bested Thomas Cook of Indianapolis' single-game return yards record while his average of 54.3 was 20 yards greater than James Duncan of Urbana (Ohio), both of last year.The 100-yard return, which put the Bulldogs up 21-14 in the second quarter, matched the GLVC record that was set earlier in the day by McKendree (Ill.) University's Ryan Keen and was the fourth Truman return to go the distance.
The previous three Bulldog 100-yard returns came from Jason Douglas in 2002, Larry Jones in 1971 and Lloyd Weise in 1967.Truman's special teams were one of the big differences in Saturday's win with the Bulldogs averaging 42.3 yards per return compared to Southwest Baptist's 17.4.
In addition to his 100 yard return, Millender had returns of 33 and 30 yards while A.J. Hartfield added a key return of 59 yards to set up the Bulldogs winning field goal late in the fourth quarter.Punter Jacob Lamp was key for the Bulldogs with 44.7 yards per punt average, a long of 59 with three inside the SBU 20 yardline and two touchbacks.
The Bearcats did not have a punt return on the night out of six punts.
Truman recovered a muff punt in the first quarter that set up Millender's 4-yard touchdown run and got pressure on the SBU punter in the second quarter to force a safety.
Finally, Derek Koon's game winning field goal in the fourth quarter gave him 38 career makes which is a new school record.Millender is the first Bulldog to earn a GLVC Player of the Week honor in Football and first 'Dog to take a conference honor since Michael Elliott earned defensive weekly honors following a victory against Southwest Baptist last season on August 30
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