SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Sacramento State punter Owen Hoolihan was named the STATS FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week as well as the Big Sky Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the team's 28-25 win at Northern Colorado. The honor is the first for Hoolihan in his Hornet career.
The senior from Oberon, Australia, managed to pin the Bears inside the 20 on six of his eight punts, with four ending inside the 10. Hoolihan's biggest punt came with 36 seconds left on the clock as he crushed a 50-yarder which forced the UNC returner to retreat to the 6-yard line. The ball bounced off the returner's chest and was recovered by Abel Ordaz to seal the victory. He also had punts downed at the 5, 8 and 9 yard line during the game.
Hoolihan is in his first season at Sacramento State after graduating from Prairie View A&M. While with the Panthers, he was a second team all-Southwestern Athletic Conference selection in 2016.
Sacramento State has now had 10 players earn national player of the week honors at the FCS level. Hoolihan is the second to be national special teams player of the week, joining Brad Cornish who made four five goals against Weber State in 2014.
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