Oct. 31, 2011
DENVER - Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo, Hawai`i linebacker Aaron Brown and Hawai`i placekicker Kenton Chun were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Fajardo, a freshman from Brea, Calif. (Servite HS), completed 19-of-29 passes for 283 yards with no interceptions and rushed 13 times for 60 yards and four touchdowns in Nevada's 48-34 win at New Mexico State. Nevada trailed 27-20 at halftime before Fajardo scored two third quarter touchdowns to give the Wolf Pack the lead for good. It was the ninth straight WAC victory for Nevada.
Brown, a senior from Puyallup, Wash. (Saddleback CC), had a team-high nine tackles (5 solo), including 1.5 for a loss, and an interception in the win at Idaho. With Hawai`i trailing 14-13, Brown helped stop Idaho early in the fourth quarter on a 4th-and-1 running play from the Warrior 15-yard line and then later picked off a pass at the Hawai`i 5-yard line with 3:04 remaining to set up the winning field goal a couple of minutes later.
Chun, a senior from Honolulu, O`ahu (Southern Oregon), hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining in Hawai`i's victory at Idaho. Chun also nailed a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Warriors a 10-7 lead. Entering the game, he had one career field goal attempt, hitting a 38-yarder in the season opener against Colorado.
Others nominated on offense: senior quarterback Bryant Moniz, Hawai`i; junior wide receiver Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; and senior quarterback Matt Christian, New Mexico State.
Also nominated on defense: junior defensive end Benson Mayowa, Idaho; senior linebacker Jay Dudley, Louisiana Tech; junior cornerback Khalid Wooten, Nevada; and senior safety Donyae Coleman, New Mexico State.
Other special teams nominations included: sophomore deep snapper Josh Cuthbert, Louisiana Tech; senior punter Jake Hurst, Nevada; and senior kick returner Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State.