Cunningham garners national award

AT&T, fans go with Raider running back

October 4, 2012 · @MTAthletics

MURFREESBORO - Middle Tennessee senior running back Benny Cunningham was named the AT&T All-America National Player of the Week on Thursday night for his performance in the win at Georgia Tech. ESPN analysts select four players each week and then fan votes determine the overall winner.

Cunningham set several career-highs in the upset win over Georgia Tech, including 217 yards rushing, scoring five touchdowns, carrying the pigskin 27 times and registering a career-long 60-yard run. The 60-yard touchdown run was the longest by the Blue Raiders since D.D. Kyles raced 74 yards against Louisiana in 2010. 

Cunningham's five rushing touchdowns tied for the second most in a game at Middle Tennessee and moved him to No. 3 nationally in scoring. 

Cunningham was also recognized nationally by earning College Football Performance Awards National Running Back of the Week, while taking College Sports Madness honors for SBC Offensive Player of the Week accolades. 

Cunningham, among the favorites for the Detmar Award, was also voted the Sun Belt Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The Blue Raiders will host ULM on Saturday at Floyd Stadium. Kickoff is set for 2:37 PM.

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