Rui and Williams garner Big 12 Player of the Week honors
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas senior kicker Gabriel Rui and freshman running back Pooka Williams Jr., were each honored by the Big 12 Conference with its weekly football awards Monday for their efforts in leading KU to a 27-26 win over TCU. Rui was named Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, while Williams was named Newcomer of the Week.
Rui registered a perfect day with two field goals (34 and 27 yards) and made all three PAT attempts in helping the Jayhawks to their first conference win since 2016. It is Rui’s first time being honored by the conference.
Williams became the first true freshman in Big 12 history to have a 100-yard rushing game and 100-yard receiving game to his credit as he collected a career-high 102 receiving yards on a career-best seven receptions, including two touchdowns, in the win over TCU. Williams added 33 yards on the ground on 11 carries and 40 yards in kickoff returns for a total of 175 all-purpose yards. He previously recorded 100-yard rushing games at Central Michigan (125) and Rutgers (163). Williams picked up his third weekly honor by the conference office as he also won the honor following KU’s games against Central Michigan and Oklahoma State.
The Jayhawks are set to host Iowa State for their annual Salute to Service game on Saturday, Nov. 3. Game time is slated for 11 a.m., with a live broadcast on FOX Sports Net.