Dec. 5, 2011
DENVER – Nevada quarterback Tyler Lantrip, Utah State linebacker Kyle Gallagher and Nevada punter/kicker Jake Hurst were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
So far in 2011, Nevada has won nine player of the week honors from the Western Athletic Conference. Since Nevada joined
the WAC in 2000, Wolf Pack players have been honored by the league 60 times in the weekly awards.
Lantrip, a senior from Roseville, Calif. (Jesuit HS), completed 24-of-31 passes for 340 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in Nevada’s 56-3 win over Idaho. In just his fifth start of his career, Lantrip hit Aaron Bradley on touchdown passes of 63, 15 and 22 yards and added a fourth touchdown pass to Tray Session from 28 yards out. His performance moved him to the top of the WAC’s passing efficiency rankings.
Gallagher, a senior from Woodland, Calif. (Woodland HS), made five tackles and his first career interception in the 24-21 win at New Mexico State that gave Utah State seven regular season wins for the first time since 1979. With Utah State up 14-7 near the end of the first half, Gallagher intercepted a pass on a third-and-goal from the one-yard line to preserve the lead at the intermission. Gallagher was playing with a heavily bandaged broken left hand.
Hurst, a senior from Twain Harte, Calif. (Modesto JC), punted three times for a 43.3-yard average and was also perfect on all eight of his extra point attempts in the win over Idaho. Hurst finished the regular season 21-of-21 on his PATs and his eight extra points are the second most by a WAC kicker this year.
Others nominated on offense: sophomore quarterback Derek Carr, Fresno State; and junior quarterback Adam Kennedy, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: senior linebacker James-Michael Johnson, Nevada.
Other special teams nominations included: sophomore placekicker Josh Thompson, Utah State.