CHICAGO – One game into his collegiate career, University of St. Francis defensive back/special teams player Scott Tumilty (Villa Park, Ill.) has already picked up his first honor. On Monday afternoon, the redshirt freshman was named the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in a 19-12 setback to Saint Xavier University.
Tumilty posted an eye-opening 212 return yards between his nine combined punt and kickoff returns on Saturday, which averaged out to 23.6 yards per return. Even more impressive was his first-ever collegiate return, which resulted in a 55-yard punt return for a touchdown to tie the contest at 6-all in the opening quarter.
Tumilty finished the afternoon with four punt returns for 109 yards and another 103 yards on five kickoff returns, including a long of 30 yards.
That was just his work in the special teams department.
As the Saints’ starting safety, Tumilty also tied for the top spot on the team with 13 tackles, one of which was a sack. He also recorded one pass breakup.
USF is back in action on Saturday (Feb. 13) hosting Roosevelt University in a 1 pm kickoff at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium.