DENVER Boise State running back Ian Johnson, Hawaii defensive back Myron Newberry and Nevada kick returner Dwayne Sanders were named the Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Johnson, a junior from San Dimas, Calif. (Damien HS), rushed for 111 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in Boise State’s 38-16 win over Southern Mississippi last Thursday. He also caught three passes for a career-high 80 yards to finish the game with 191 all-purpose yards. One of his receptions went for a career-long 54 yards helping to set up his third touchdown run to give Boise State a 35-16 lead right after Southern Mississippi had scored a touchdown early in the third quarter.
Newberry, a senior from Denton, Texas (Trinity College), made six tackles (5 solo) and intercepted two passes in a 48-20 win at Idaho. The two interceptions came on consecutive possessions in the second quarter. He returned the first pick 22 yards and then returned the second 76 yards for a touchdown to give the Warriors a 38-7 lead.
Sanders, a sophomore from Calabasas, Calif. (Calabasas HS), returned three kicks for 100 yards in Nevada’s 27-20 win over UNLV. In the fourth quarter with the Wolf Pack trailing 13-10, he returned a kickoff 45 yards to help set up a field goal that tied the game.
Others nominated on offense: senior running back Clifton Smith, Fresno State; junior wide receiver Davone Bess, Hawaii; sophomore quarterback Nick Graziano, Nevada; freshman wide receiver Wes Neiman, New Mexico State; and junior wide receiver Kevin Jurovich, San Jose State.
Also nominated on defense: senior safety Marty Tadman, Boise State; senior defensive end Tyler Clutts, Fresno State; senior linebacker Ezra Butler, Nevada; junior safety Derrick Richardson, New Mexico State; and senior linebacker Matt Castelo, San Jose State.
Other special teams nominations: senior punt returner Marty Tadman, Boise State; senior punter Kyle Zimmerman, Fresno State; junior placekicker Dan Kelly, Hawaii; and sophomore placekicker Paul Young, New Mexico State.