DENVER Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Utah State defensive lineman Ben Calderwood and Boise State punt returner Kyle Wilson were named the Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
This is the fourth time in Kaepernick's career and third time this season that he has won the award. Since Nevada joined the WAC in 2000, Wolf Pack players have been honored with weekly awards 41 times.
Kaepernick, a sophomore from Turlock, Calif. (Pittman HS), completed 24-of-42 passes for a season-high 397 yards and four touchdowns in Nevada’s 35-31 win at Louisiana Tech. Trailing by 17 in the second half, Kaepernick threw for 291 yards and three scores after the intermission. He also rushed for 28 yards in the game. The win gave the Wolf Pack a share of second place in the WAC.
Calderwood, a senior from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), had three sacks for a loss of 30 yards in the 47-2 win over New Mexico State. He also recovered a fumble that led to a 56-yard field goal for Utah State. Calderwood helped lead a defense that held New Mexico State to -7 rushing yards and 156 yards of total offense, 217 below its season average.
Wilson, a junior from Piscataway, N.J. (Piscataway HS), returned three punts for a total of 136 yards in Boise State’s 61-10 win over Fresno State. With Boise State leading 20-10 in the third quarter, Wilson took a Bulldog punt 90 yards for a touchdown, the fourth longest in school history. It was Wilson’s third punt return for a touchdown this year, the most by any player in the nation.
Others nominated on offense: senior running back Ian Johnson, Boise State; junior receiver Marlon Moore, Fresno State; junior quarterback Greg Alexander, Hawaii; sophomore quarterback Ross Jenkins, Louisiana Tech; and sophomore quarterback Diondre Borel, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: senior linebacker Dallas Dobbs, Boise State; sophomore linebacker Ben Jacobs, Fresno State; junior linebacker Adam Leonard, Hawaii; junior safety Antonio Baker, Louisiana Tech; and sophomore defensive end Kevin Basped, Nevada.
Other special teams nominations: senior punter Tim Grasso, Hawaii; junior running back Myke Compton, Louisiana Tech; senior kicker Brett Jaekle, Nevada; and junior placekicker Chris Ulinski, Utah State.