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Bolden Named CSN National Special Teams Player of the Week

November 13, 2007
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Dominic Bolden has been named this week's CSN National Player of the Week.

Dominic Bolden has been named this week's CSN National Player of the Week.

Liberty University's return specialist Dominic Bolden has been named the College Sporting News National Player of the Week, honoring the junior's record-setting performance against VMI, last Saturday.

Bolden (WR/RS, Orlando, Fla.) finished the VMI game with 198 total kickoff return yards, surpassing the previous Big South single-game return record. Charleston Southern's Mike Washington previously held the record after returning eight kickoffs 187 yards against South Florida on Nov. 2, 2002.

Bolden accomplished the new conference record in three returns, giving the wide receiver a 66.0 yards per return average on the afternoon. The average also sets a new conference record, besting Sam Gado's previous average of 57.5 yards set against Coastal Carolina on Oct. 23, 2004.

The first kickoff return was for 78 yards, setting up Liberty's first three of a record-setting 73
on the afternoon. The second was a 37-yarder, giving Liberty possession of the ball at midfield.

The third and final return was the junior's most noteworthy of the afternoon. Bolden fielded the ball at the 13-yard line, and following a few blocks downfield, returned it 87 yards for a touchdown.

The scoring return was the third of his career, setting a new career Big South record. It also pushed the junior over 1,000 career kickoff return yards. Bolden has returned 33 kicks for 1,018 yards, a mark which ranks fourth best in conference history.

Bolden finished the day with three total touchdowns. He also caught two passes for 66 yards, with both allowing the wide receiver to find the end zone. The first was a 52-yard reception, midway through the first quarter, followed by a 14-yard strike during the second.

Individually, Bolden ranks No. 4 nationally, as he is averaging 32.25 yards per kickoff return. As a team, Liberty ranks No. 16 in the country, with the Flames averaging 23.60 yards per kickoff return.