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2021 SEASON JET AWARD WINNER

Name
Team
Position
1 Marcus Jones
UH
CB
2 Avery Williams
BSU
CB
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AVERY WILLIAMS CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

• 2x Paul Hornung Award Preseason Watch List (2018-19)
• Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year (2019)
• All-Mountain West First Team (2019)
• 2x All-Mountain West Honorable Mention (2018-19)
• All-Mountain West Second Team (2017)
• Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 16, 2020)
• Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 2, 2020)
• Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 4, 2019)
• Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 16, 2017)
• Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week (Sept. 4, 2017)
• 2x Academic All-Mountain West (Fall 2017, 2018)

BOISE STATE CAREER
RS SENIOR (2020): Forced a fumble and made three solo tackles, including one for loss, against Utah State (Oct. 24)...returned a kickoff 88 yards for a touchdown, while on defense made six tackles (three solo) at Air Force (Oct. 31)...blocked two punts, one of which he recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, and averaged 12.1 yards over seven punt returns with a long of 33, against Colorado State (Nov. 12)...returned a kick 99 yards for a touchdown, averaged 24.0 yards over three punt returns, with a long of 36, at Hawai'i (Nov. 21).

RS JUNIOR (2019): Voted the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year...also selected to the All-Mountain West First Team as the punt returner, and All-Mountain West Honorable Mention at cornerback...started all 14 games at cornerback...led the Mountain West and finished seventh in the country with 13.2 yards per punt return...was one of just two players in the country, along with TCU's Jalen Reagor, with two punt-return touchdowns...on defense, broke up four passes, made 39 tackles (27 solo), and had 1.5 tackles-for-loss...blocked two kicks on special teams...made three solo tackles at Florida State (Aug. 31)...had 33 punt-return yards over three returns, with a long of 28, against Portland State (Sept. 14)...blocked a PAT and recovered an onside kick while making three tackles (one solo) against Air Force (Sept. 20)...forced a fumble, broke up a pass, and had three solo tackles on defense, on special teams returned an onside-kick attempt 39 yards to the six-yard line and averaged 7.3 yards over eight punt returns at UNLV (Oct. 5)...made three tackles (two solo) against Hawai'i (Oct. 12)...returned a punt 66 yards for a touchdown, the third of his career, and made eight tackles (seven solo) with a pass breakup at San José State (Nov. 2)...blocked a punt against Wyoming (Nov. 9)...housed his second punt of the season, and fourth of his career, with a 74-yard return at Utah State, and made two tackles on defense (Nov. 23)...made 1.5 tackles-for-loss among his five total (three solo), and broke up a pass at Colorado State (Nov. 29)...broke up a pass and made five tackles (two solo) against Hawai'i in the Mountain West Championship Game (Dec. 7)...returned a punt 29 yards and made four tackles against Washington (Dec. 21).

RS SOPHOMORE (2018): Made his first interception of the season against UConn (Sept. 8)...had a tackle-for-loss among his four tackles at Nevada (Oct. 13)...returned a kickoff 44 yards for a touchdown, grabbed an interception that he returned 24 yards, and picked up 35 punt-return yards over three returns against Colorado State (Oct. 19)...set up a Boise State touchdown with a 67-yard punt return at Air Force (Oct. 27)...forced a fumble and had seven tackles (four solo) against BYU (Nov. 3)...blocked a field goal, broke up a pass, and made five tackles (one solo) against Fresno State (Nov. 9)...broke up two passes and made five tackles against Utah State (Nov. 24)...stripped a ball carrier and recovered the fumble, broke up a pass against Fresno State (Dec. 1).

RS FRESHMAN (2017): Appeared in all 14 games, starting 10...also handled return duties on special teams...led the Mountain West in punt return average (11.2 ypr) and punt-return touchdowns (two)...averaged 24.7 yards per kickoff return with a long of 48...on defense, made 45 tackles (36 solo) with two interceptions and eight pass breakups...in his collegiate debut against Troy (Sept. 2), returned a punt 81 yards for a touchdown, and averaged 24.8 yards per punt return (5-124)...returned a punt 29 yards to set up a touchdown drive, and made a solo tackle on defense against New Mexico (Sept. 14)...scored his second touchdown of the season via punt return, taking one 53 yards to the house at San Diego State, while also recording six solo tackles and breaking up a pass on defense (Oct. 14)...collected his first career interception, along with one tackle vs. Wyoming (Oct. 21)...tallied two tackles and was responsible for three pass breakups at Utah State (Oct. 28). also returned three punts against the Aggies...made six tackles (five solo) vs. Nevada (Nov. 4)...made a career-high nine tackles (seven solo) at Colorado State (Nov. 11)...also returned one punt and three kickoffs for a total of 63 yards vs. the Rams...returned one punt for zero yards and two kickoffs for a total of 48 yards vs. Air Force (Nov. 18)...also started at defensive back vs. Air Force (Nov. 18), making one tackle and was credited with one pass break up.

FRESHMAN (2016): Redshirted the season.

HIGH SCHOOL CAREER
Named Trinity League Co-MVP in 2015, his sole season for JSerra...ran for 1,175 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior at JSerra...at St. Francis, helped lead team to Angelus League title and division playoffs with nine combined touchdowns (rushing/receiving/defense), three interceptions and four sacks...named All-Area as a junior and was a two-year starter at St. Francis before transferring to JSerra.

THE JET AWARD VOTING SELECTION PROCESS

To be considered for the Jet Award, players must be a Division 1 college football team member and meet the following qualifications:

  • Be a primary return specialist (Kick or Punt returner) for their team.
  • Be among the national leaders in return categories
  • Show leadership, courage, desire, respect for authority and discipline.

The first round of voting should be conducted in late September and early October. From that first round of votes, the list of 12 semifinalists will be created and released at the end of October. The second round of voting will take place in mid-October to form the list of four finalists.  A final vote in early December to determine the winner and the decision is announced at the Award Presentation.

Damon Benning, (Lead Voting Panelist) was a four year letterman who helped lead the Huskers to back-to-back national titles. He finished his career carrying the pigskin 270 times for a total of 1,562 yards. Benning also caught the ball 12 times for a total of 134 yards and returned 32 kickoffs for 770 yards. He finished his Husker career with 2,625 all-purpose yards. Due to his outstanding career, Benning was signed as a free-agent by the Carolina Panthers in 1997. Currently Benning focuses his attention on The Sharp & Benning in the Morning on 1620 The Zone.

MEDIA VOTING PANEL

Tom Shatel Omaha World Herald (Local)

Adam Rittenberg ESPN.com (Midwest/National)

Bruce Feldman CBS Sports.com (Pac-12/National)

Dennis Dodd CBS Sports.com (Midwest)

Coley Harvey Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

Gerry Dinardo BTN Former Head Coach

(Midwest/National)

Damon Benning Former College FB Player

Blair Kerkoff KC Star (Midwest)

George Schroeder USA Today (Pacific NW)

Cedric Golden Austin American Statesman (Texas)

Bill Doleman Comcast/NBCU (Southwest)

Lisa Horne Fox Sports  (Pac-12)

Charles Davis Fox, Sports/NFL Network (National)

Heather Dinich ESPN.com (East Coast/ACC)

Johnny Rodgers wil also recieve a vote along with the previous winners

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