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Jackson Takes Home Third Big South Special Teams Player of the Week Honor

October 1, 2007
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Wynton Jackson was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, his third-such honor this year.

Wynton Jackson was named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday, his third-such honor this year.

For the third time in five weeks, Liberty's Wynton Jackson has been named the Big South Special Teams Player of the Week, honoring the senior's accomplishments during last Saturday's game against St. Francis, Pa.

Jackson (R-Sr., WR/RS, Jacksonville, Fla.) finished the contest with five punt returns for 60 yards and three kickoff returns for 83 yards.

With the 60 total punt return yards, Jackson became the Big South's all-time punt return yardage leader, with the game total pushing the senior's career mark over 500 yards (503). The previous record holder was Gardner-Webb's Kory Alston, who tallied 484 punt return yards on 36 punts (13.4 average) during the 2003-06 seasons.

Jackson tacked on three kickoff returns for 83 yards (27.7 average), and his eight total returns led to four Liberty touchdowns and one field goal. He finished the game with 267 all-purpose yards, second-highest in Big South history, 143 of which came on kick returns.

Jackson was also named Big South Special Teams Player of the Week after returning a punt for a touchdown in consecutive games (Sept. 1 against Tusculum and Sept. 8 against Shippensburg).

In addition, the senior had a stellar night as a wide receiver, helping the Flames scored 68 points, which is tied for the third most points scored by Liberty in program history. Jackson posted his second 100-yard receiving game of the year, with 115 yards on four receptions, while tallying two touchdowns.

Jackson was one of four players honored by the league on the afternoon. VMI quarterback Kyle Hughes and Gardner-Webb defensive end Brian Johnston were named the Big South Choice Hotels Offensive Player of the Week and New Balance Defensive Player of the Week, respectively. VMI's wide receiver Bryan Barnson was named Big South Freshman of the Week.

Jackson and the Flames will begin three-straight weekends away from Williams Stadium on Saturday, when they travel to Toledo, Ohio, to face the Rockets of Toledo. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.