By Jim Heath, Director of Sports Information – Hampton


CHICAGO, ILL. — Coming of a 15 carry, 136-yard, three touchdown performance in Saturday’s season opener, Hampton freshman running back Elijah Burris was named on Monday afternoon as the Stats Perform FCS National Freshman of the Week.  He’s the first Hampton honoree in at least the last five years to be recognized.

Burris scored three touchdowns and totaled 194 all-purpose yards as Hampton defeated Virginia Union 42-28 in its first game since the 2019 season. In the 83th meeting of the series, Burris carried the ball 15 times for 136 yards, had two receptions for seven yards and returned a fourth-quarter kickoff 51 yards, which set up a drive that he capped with a TD to put the Pirates ahead 35-28.

The Gastonia, N.C. native put together consecutive 30-yard runs on the ensuing drive, the final one was for the touchdown that put the game out of reach.

Hampton visits Old Dominion for a 7pm kick at Foreman Field at S.B. Ballard Stadium on Saturday night.

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