Courtesy of the Western Athletic Conference
DENVER â€“ Hawaiâ€˜i quarterback Bryant Moniz, Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson and Nevada place kicker Anthony Martinez were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Moniz, a junior from Wahiawa, Oahu (Fresno City College), completed 25-of-36 passes for 343 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-28 win at Army. Moniz led the Warriors to touchdowns in three of their first four possessions. Following a fumble recovery late in the fourth quarter, Moniz drove his team from Hawaiâ€˜iâ€™s 27-yard line to the Army 14-yard line in 15 seconds on two pass plays to set up the game-winning field goal with seven seconds left.
Johnson, a junior from Suisun, Calif. (Rodriguez HS), had a team-high nine tackles, including 1.5 sacks for a loss of 11 yards, in Nevadaâ€™s 51-6 win at Colorado State. The nine tackles were a career-high for Johnson. His effort helped hold Colorado State without a touchdown in the game, the first time the Nevada defense had accomplished that against an opponent since 2006.
Martinez, a freshman from Reno, Nev. (McQueen HS), made all three of his field goals and connected on all six extra point attempts in the win over Colorado State. The field goal attempts were the first of his college career, while the 15 points he scored in the game are tied for the third most of any kicker in the nation in a game this year.
Others nominated on offense: senior quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Nevada; senior wide receiver Marcus Allen, New Mexico State; and senior quarterback Diondre Borel, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: junior linebacker Corey Paredes, Hawaiâ€˜i; sophomore linebacker Solomon Randle, Louisiana Tech; junior linebacker Boyblue Aoelua, New Mexico State; and junior linebacker Bobby Wagner, Utah State.
Other special teams nominations included: senior place kicker Scott Enos, Hawaiâ€˜i; senior kick returner Phillip Livas, Louisiana Tech; sophomore kick returner Kerwynn Williams, Utah State.