Story courtesy of the Mountain West Conference
Photo courtesy of Nevada Athletics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Stefphon Jefferson (Nevada), Jake Fely (San Diego State) and David Baska (Air Force) are the Mountain West Players of the Week for games through Oct. 13. Jefferson earns Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Fely garners the Defensive Player award and Baska receives Special Teams recognition. This marks the third career MW weekly accolade for Jefferson and first for Fely and Baska.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
STEFPHON JEFFERSON, NEVADA
Junior, Running Back, Visalia, Calif./El Diamante HS
Junior running back Stefphon Jefferson rushed for 185 yards and three touchdowns as Nevada rallied from a 21-0 deficit to defeat in-state rival UNLV, 42-37, in Las Vegas. The Visalia, Calif., native had touchdown runs of four and one yards in the first half and his three-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter brought Nevada to within one score at 31-28. Jefferson carried the ball 34 times, averaging 5.4 yards per attempt. Jefferson’s performance on Saturday propelled him to the top of the NCAA’s rushing chart with a 162.86 average this season.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JAKE FELY, SAN DIEGO STATE
Sophomore, Linebacker, Oceanside, Calif./Oceanside HS
Sophomore linebacker Jake Fely finished with a career-high 13 tackles in San Diego State’s 38-14 win over Colorado State on Saturday. The Oceanside, Calif., product also set career-bests with 2.0 sacks and 3.5 tackles for loss, while recovering his second fumble of the season. The two sacks were the most by an Aztec since Miles Burris recorded two vs. Fresno State on Dec. 3, 2011, while his 3.5 tackles for loss were the most since Burris had 3.5 vs. UNLV on Nov. 27, 2010.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DAVID BASKA, AIR FORCE
Junior, Punter, Overland Park, Kan./St. Thomas Aquinas HS
Junior David Baska punted four times for a 42.5 average in Air Force’s 28-27, come-from-behind win at Wyoming on Saturday. The Overland Park, Kan., native had a net average of 42.0 in the game, dropping one punt inside the 20 and allowing just one return for two yards. His longest punt of the day was a 51-yarder midway through the third quarter that pinned Wyoming to its own 22-yard line.