ATLANTA--Georgia State punter Matt Hubbard is garnering honors for his record-breaking performance in the Panthers' season opener.
The sophomore from Peachtree City, Ga., has been named CAA Football Special Teams Player of the Week -- the first such honoree in GSU history -- and FCS National Special Teams Player of the Week by the Sports Network. He was also recognized as National Punter of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards.
Hubbard averaged an eye-catching 62.2 yards on five punts against South Carolina State, easily the best single-game average in GSU history.
Hubbard's average is better than both the NCAA FBS and FCS single-game records for punting average in a game with a minimum of five punts. However, because Georgia State is in the process of reclassifying from FCS to FBS, marks achieved by GSU players during the 2012 and 2013 seasons do not count as NCAA records.
The current FCS record for punting average in a game, with a minimum of five punts, is 61.5 yards, set by Eddie Johnson of Idaho State versus Cal Poly in 2002. The FBS record of 60.4 is shared by two players, Lee Johnson, BYU vs. Wyoming, 1983, and Quinn Sharp of Oklahoma State vs. Nebraska, 2010.
Hubbard's third punt of the night travelled a school-record 80 yards, and he also had boots of 58, 59, 55 and 59 yards.
In 2011, the 6-4, 230-pounder averaged 41.9 yards per kick to rank 15th in the final NCAA FCS statistics.
GSU's Albert Wilson was also recognized by the College Football Performance Awards as an honorable mention selection for National All-Purpose Performer of the Week. The junior from Port St. Lucie, Fla., totalled 173 all-purpose yards against South Carolina State with three receptions for 44 yards, four kickoff returns for 104 yards and two punt returns for 25 yards.