Sept. 19, 2011
DENVER – Nevada running back Mike Ball, Fresno State defensive tackle Logan Harrell and Nevada punter Jake Hurst were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Ball, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev. (Desert Pines HS), rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns in Nevada’s 17-14 win at San Jose State. Both scores came in the first half to help the Wolf Pack build a 14-7 lead. On the first touchdown drive that went for 11 plays and 77 yards, Ball rushed seven times for 50 yards. On the second touchdown, Ball carried it the last four plays of the drive to punch it into the end zone.
Harrell, a senior from Santa Margarita, Calif. (Santa Margarita HS), recorded a career-high 11 tackles and tied his career-high with 4.5 tackles for a loss of 23 yards in the 27-22 win over North Dakota. His tackles for loss also included 1.5 sacks with a solo sack coming in the first quarter that ultimately led to a North Dakota punt and a subsequent Fresno State touchdown.
Hurst, a senior from Twain Harte, Calif. (Modesto JC), punted six times for 259 yards (43.2-yard average) in the win over San Jose State. He had a long of 49 yards and placed two inside the 20-yard line, including one at the Spartan 3-yard line for the Wolf Pack.
Others nominated on offense: sophomore quarterback Derek Carr, Fresno State.
Also nominated on defense: junior cornerback Dave Clark, Louisiana Tech; junior safety Duke Williams, Nevada; and senior strong safety Donyae Coleman, New Mexico State.
Other special teams nominations included: senior punt returner Devon Wylie, Fresno State; and junior kick returner Lyle Fitte, Louisiana Tech.