Senior Rashaan Gaymon already broke one record this season when he went 95 yards for the longest touchdown in school history. He nearly broke this record the next week with a 98-yard return, but was stopped 2-yards short of the end-zone.
Gaymon was named as the Special Teams Player of the Week by the Mid-States Football Association. He earned this title after a game against Robert Morris University in Chicago, Ill. on Oct. 1.
Gaymon also received the Offensive Player of the Week in the Tigers’ victory over Lindenwood University in Belleville, Ill. on Sept. 10. Gaymon is the number one receiver for Olivet and the kickoff return specialist, after spending most of his freshman year on the sideline due to an early knee injury.
“Kick return was something that was emphasized when I was being recruited,” Gaymon said. “But I enjoy and focus on being a receiver a lot more.”
Gaymon leads the Tigers in receiving, with 29 receptions for 577 yards and four touchdowns through the first eight games of the season, proving this focus effective. He has four games left to break the Olivet all-time single season receiving record of 1,038 yards, which was set by Mark Harmon in 1984. This record is at the top of Gaymon’s to-do list before graduating.
“As we grow as an offense and he becomes more of a veteran, I could absolutely see him breaking the record,” head football coach Eric Hehman said. Gaymon is versitile and has “the ability to make plays” in both of his positions.
Despite this, the season is not playing out exactly as Rashaan expected after being able to train with the team again for spring ball and through the summer.
“Personally, I look to average about 100 yards receiving and about 30 [yards] a return,” Gaymon said. His current average is roughly 80 reception yards per game, and a little over 20 per return.
Gaymon had hoped for a better overall record at this point in the season, but continues to take every opportunity to better himself and his teammates.
“Really, the sky is the limit for him,” Hehman said. He believes Gaymon has the potential to leave a serious, permanent mark on Olivet football before he graduates.
— Connor Pestka, Online Editor