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Derek Richards named MWC special teams player of the week

By , | Posted - Oct. 1, 2007 at 11:44 a.m.

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Derrek Richards collected 135 yards (33.75 average) on four punt returns and scored a touchdown in Utah's 34-18 victory over Utah State. His 75-yard punt return for a touchdown gave Utah its first lead of the game (14-7) on the second play of the second quarter and was the first punt returned for a touchdown by a Ute since 2000 (Steve Smith vs. Cal, Sept. 9, 2000). The 75-yard return ties for the seventh-longest in Utah history, while his 135 yards in punt returns is the third-best single-game mark at the school and the fourth best in MWC history. The 135 punt return yards also set the MWC single-game record by a senior. The previous mark was held by BYU's Mike Rigell (119 vs. Tulane, Aug. 25, 2001).

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