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Hawaii Football: Scott Harding named MWC Special Teams Player of the Week

The former Australian Rules Football player wins his first Player of the Week honors in his career at Hawaii

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After punting a career high 11 times for an average of 38.7 yards per punt in Hawaii's win over Northern Iowa, Scott Harding has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p>.<a href="https://twitter.com/HawaiiFootball">@HawaiiFootball</a>&#39;s Scott Harding has been selected as the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MWFB?src=hash">#MWFB</a> Special Teams Player of the Week! <a href="http://t.co/cR6X07d7aP">pic.twitter.com/cR6X07d7aP</a></p>&mdash; Mountain West (@mountainwest) <a href="https://twitter.com/mountainwest/status/511553082669297664">September 15, 2014</a></blockquote>

Harding finished Saturday with 11 punts for 426 yards, including a career best 64-yard punt against the Panthers. He also downed seven of those inside the UNI 20-yard line, and two inside the Panthers 10. His biggest punt of the day came late in the fourth quarter when the ball deflected off the Northern Iowa returner and was recovered by the 'Bows inside Panthers territory, which would set up the eventual game-clinching field goal from Tyler Hadden with less than five minutes to go.

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Along with punting duties, Harding returned 7 punts for 76 yards, for an average of 10.9 yards per return, a career best. He finished the game at receiver with 1 reception for 52 yards.