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Photo courtesy of San Jose State Athletics
DENVER – San Jose State quarterback David Fales, Utah State defensive back Will Davis and Louisiana Tech punter Ryan Allen were named the Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Fales, a junior from Salinas, Calif. (Monterey Peninsula College) completed 27-of-39 passes for 328 yards and four touchdowns in San Jose State’s 42-13 win at Idaho. He also rushed three times for 24 yards. After a slow start, Fales threw for 301 yards in the final three quarters. He is the nation’s leader in completion percentage at 72.7 percent.
Davis, a senior from Spokane, Wash. (De Anza College), had five tackles (4 solo) and intercepted a pass in Utah State’s 38-7 win over Texas State. Davis’ interception came in the end zone on a third-and-nine play from Utah State’s 12-yard line to stop the Bobcats from tying the game in the first quarter. Utah State then drove 80 yards in five plays to take a 14-0 lead. It was his third interception in as many games. The Aggies held Texas State to a season-low 158 yards of total offense, the fewest allowed by Utah State since 2008.
Allen, a senior from Salem, Ore. (Oregon State), punted twice for a 62.0-yard average in Louisiana Tech’s 51-27 win over UTSA. He hit a 65-yarder in the first quarter that pinned the Roadrunners back at the five-yard line and then added a 59-yarder in the third quarter. Allen leads the nation in punting with a 48.8-yard average.
Others nominated on offense: senior wide receiver Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; sophomore wide receiver Austin Franklin, New Mexico State; junior quarterback Eric Soza, UTSA; and senior wide receiver Matt Austin, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: senior defensive back Dave Clark, Louisiana Tech; junior safety George Callender, New Mexico State; senior defensive end David Tuitupou, San Jose State; and sophomore strong safety Nic Johnston, UTSA.
Other special teams nominations included: sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz, Utah State.