After taking his first career punt back for a touchdown in the third quarter of the Grizzlies’ 35-14 road win over Black Hills State on Saturday afternoon, Adams State wide receiver/return specialist Scott Kellogg (Littleton, Colo.) has been named as the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) Special Teams Player of the Week, it was announced Monday.
Kellogg, a 2010 1st Team All-RMAC and 2nd Team All-Colorado selection, returned 20 kicks for 523 yards and 15 punts for 264 yards as a sophomore, but had never returned a kick or punt for a touchdown before Saturday.
While also leading the ASC receiving corps with five catches for 54 yards against the Yellow Jackets, Kellogg found the end zone after fielding a punt at the Grizzlies’ own 38 yard line and zipped 62 yards for the score and the longest play of the game.
Additionally, Kellogg averaged over 19 yards on three kick-off returns in the win, which moved the Grizzlies to 2-0 for the first time since 1996.
The Grizzly defense also played a large role in the win, holding opponents to under 20 yards rushing and less than 200 total yards of offense for the second straight week. Black Hills State gained just 18 yards on the ground, and 178 overall. The Grizzlies now lead the RMAC in total defense, allowing just 144.5 yards per game.
ASC also picked off BHSU quarterback Wes Kragt twice, as senior Rocco DeLorenzo (Arvada, Colo.) and Fabrice Nolen (Gilbert, Ariz.) each came away with a pick.
Junior quarterback Trevor Eggleston (Tucson, Ariz.) again threw two touchdown passes, tying for second in the RMAC with four through two games this season. Both came within the games’ first five minutes, as he connected with senior Dustin Bolt (Alamosa, Colo.) for their third scoring hook-up of the year just 3 minutes, 51 seconds into the game, and then found junior Jett Fuller (Littleton, Colo.) 58 seconds later.
Next up for the Grizzlies is their first home game of the season on Saturday night as they’ll do battle against No. 18 Colorado State-Pueblo at 7 p.m. at Rex Stadium. Adams State and the ThunderWolves will both enter the game with 2-0 records and looking to remain undefeated as they begin RMAC play.
Last season, the ThunderWolves were outgained 226-215 by ASC, but capitalized on four Adams State turnovers to claim a 27-10 victory.
Saturday night will be “Blackout Night” at Rex, and Grizzly fans can enjoy food on the campus green in front of the stadium before kick-off and fireworks after the game.
Fans unable to watch the Grizzlies and ThunderWolves in person can still follow along via live stats, by listening to the call of Bryant Johnson on KSPK-FM (104.1 FM in Alamosa or on-line at www.kspk.com), or watching on subscription-based America One.