University of Central Arkansas middle linebacker Frank Newsome put his name in the school’s football record book Saturday and added a Southland Conference Defensive Player of the Week award on Monday.
Newsome, a senior from Petal, Miss., returned a fumble 98 yards for a touchdown in UCA’s 21-18 win over McNeese State on Saturday. That run broke the 44-year-old record of 94 yards set by Danny Reed against Troy State in 1967.
Newsome also intercepted a pass and had a game-high 11 tackles to lead the Bears’ defensive charge.
Newsome is UCA’s fourth player to earn Southland Conference honors this season, joining junior receiver Jesse Grandy, junior linebacker Seth Allison and senior receiver/kick returner Isaiah Jackson of Conway.