MACOMB, Ill. - A trio from the Western Illinois football team were notes for their performance last weekend by the College Football Performance Awards. Senior defensive back Kieron James (Bradenton, FL/Southeast), junior wide receiver Fredson Salomon (Miami, FL/North Miami/ASA), and sophomore running back Nikko Watson (Rock Island/Rock Island) earned Honorable Mention accolades from the national organization.
Western ended an eight-game road losing streak on Saturday following its 24-17 win at South Dakota.
James made six tackles (five solos) at cornerback, but his forced fumble that Western recovered and blocked punt at the start of the third quarter both led to scoring drives.
Watson turned in his fifth career 100-yard rushing game, netting 126 yards on 21 attempts. His 32-yard run in the game was a season-high.
Salomon earned the honor as an all-purpose performer, finishing with 109 receiving yards and another 55 on three kickoff returns. Two of his three receptions went for touchdowns, the first two TD receptions for the Leathernecks this season. Salomon entered the game with 92 receiving yards in four games.
Western (3-2 overall, 1-1 MVFC) travels to South Dakota State this Saturday (Oct. 13) for a 6 p.m. kickoff. The game will be televised live on Mediacom and can also be seen on ESPN3.