GREENVILLE, S.C. — Furman safety Trey Robinson and placekicker/punter Jon Croft Hollingsworth have been named Southern Conference Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, for their performances in the Paladins’ 16-15 win over UCF on Saturday, it has been announced.
Robinson, a 6-foot-1, 212-pound junior, keyed a decisive Furman defensive effort in the victory over UCF, registering 10 tackles and two interceptions, including the game sealing pickoff at the UCF 37-yard line with 49 seconds remaining. He notched his first interception in the second quarter at the Furman 17 to end a UCF scoring chance, helping to ignite the Paladins’ comeback from a 12-0 deficit. The Spartanburg, S.C., native and product of Dorman High School headlined a defensive effort that limited the Knights to 269 total yards, including just 112 yards in the second half. On Sunday he was named College Sports Madness National Defensive Player of the Week.
Hollingsworth produced the game winning points in the win over UCF, kicking a school record, go-ahead 55-yard fourth quarter field goal that topped the previous Furman standard of 54 yards. He also averaged 37.2 yards on nine punts, three of which were downed inside the UCF 20, and averaged 65.0 yards on five kickoffs, including two that were downed in the end zone. The sophomore from Greenwood, S.C., native delivered his best work in the decisive fourth quarter, following up his 55-yard field goal with a kickoff into the end zone, and three punts that were downed at the UCF 17, 22, and 10 yard lines, respectively, the last coming with 1:22 remaining.
Furman’s win over UCF was its sixth over FBS opposition since the advent of NCAA I-AA (now FCS) in 1982 but first over an FBS foe since 1999 when the Paladins downed North Carolina, 28-3.
The Paladins open SoCon play this Saturday when they play host to VMI in a 3:00 p.m. ESPN broadcast, Family Weekend contest at Paladin Stadium.