COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Northeastern Oklahoma A&M punter Riley Hathorn was named National Junior College Athletic Association special teams player of the week for Week 11.
Hathhorn, a sophomore from Broken Arrow, was honored for his play in NEO’s 38-34 victory over Blinn (Texas) College in the first round of the Southwest Junior College Football Conference.
“Riley has really come on as an accurate placekicker with his extra points, has done a good job with his field goals and his punting has been good all year,” Norse head coach Clay Patterson said. “Since Day 1, he’s been the guy. We are proud of him, for sure.”
Hathhorn converted on all five of his extra point attempts and added a 31-yard field goal.
Hathhorn averaged 41.7 yards on three punts.
This marks the second time in three weeks that the Norsemen have had a national player of the week recipinent.
Quarterback Wyatt Steigerwald was honored for the week of Oct. 16-22.
The Golden Norse are the only member of the conference to have two POW honorees this season.
Tyler’s Tyler Dunlop was honored as the special teams player of the week for Sept. 11-17 and Trinity Valley defensive end Marvin Terry was the defensive honoree for Oct. 23-29.
On the season, Hathhorn has converted on 40 of his 41 extra point attempts — only three other players nationally have a better success rate — and has been successful on four of six field goal tries, with a long of 47 yards.
He’s accounted for 52 of NEO’s points this season, 17th nationally.
He is averaging 38.1 yards on 39 punts, 14th nationally.
The Golden Norse travel to Athens, Texas, Saturday, Nov. 11 to face Trinity Valley in the SWJCFCC championship game.