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It has been suggested to me on a few occasions this week, but as it turns out, there is NO Mountain West Conference rule disqualifying players from consideration for the MWC Player of the Week honors, if those players faced FCS competition during the week in question.
So, the fact BYU played Northern Iowa did not mean Max Hall or Dennis Pitta were ineligible--they just didn't win the award (given to Utah's Brian Johnson).
But here's where it gets interesting. Schools are only allowed to nominate one player for each of the weekly award categories: offensive, defensive and special teams, and this week, BYU nominated Dennis Pitta. Had Max Hall been the nominee, perhaps he would have shared the award with Johnson--we'll never know.
I do know that the league reasoned that Johnson was more responsible for Utah's win than Pitta was for BYU's victory, and the fact that Utah beat a ranked team on the road came into play as well.
Either way, even with Pitta as the sole nominee, he got robbed of a share of the award. There's no reason not have honored him for his record-breaking performance (most receiving yards by a MWC tight end).
Anyway, I just wanted to update you all on the process, since I think many were assuming the MWC had a "no FCS" rule in effect, when that is not the case.
I was at practice this afternoon, and yes, Austin Collie took his customary snaps at quarterback. Still not sure when we'll see Collie take a snap in a game. This much is certain: there was no reason for BYU to show Washington anything out of the ordinary this past week v. UNI.
OL Rey Feinga was limping around and sitting out some practice periods. We'll get an update on his status from Bronco tonight.
Bryce Mahuika was back and getting some punt return looks, as was Collie.
I am at Ken Garff Nissan of Orem (285 West University Parkway) for the Bronco Mendenhall Show... hope to see lots of you out here at 7:00!