COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Max Hall (BYU), Deshawn Richard (Utah) and Kyle Watson (UNLV) are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Nov. 16.
Hall claims Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Richard garners the Defensive Player award and Watson receives Special Teams recognition. This marks the fifth career player of the week honor for Hall and the first for both Richard and Watson.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MAX HALL, BYU
Junior, Quarterback, Mesa, Ariz./Arizona State
Max Hall converted 28-of-37 passes for 354 yards and two touchdowns to lead No. 14 BYU to a 38-24 victory over Air Force. Trailing 14-10 at intermission, Hall was nearly perfect in the second half for the Cougars, completing 13-of-17 passes for 168 yards and the two touchdowns. Twelve of Hall's 13 second-half completions resulted in first downs to keep drives alive. The junior from Mesa, Ariz., accounted for 354 of the Cougars' 480 yards of total offense in the contest.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
DESHAWN RICHARD, UTAH
Senior, Defensive Back, Las Vegas, Nev./Victor Valley College
Deshawn Richard recorded two tackles and back-to-back touchdowns on interceptions in just one quarter of play while helping No. 7 Utah to a 63-14 win at San Diego State. Richard's first pick came with San Diego State on the Utah 19-yard line and throwing for the end zone. The Las Vegas, Nev., native picked off the pass and returned it 89 yards for a touchdown, marking the seventh-longest interception return in the NCAA this season and fourth-longest in Utah and MWC history. On the very next defensive series, the senior safety grabbed the ball after a deflection and sprinted 38 yards for the score. Richards' 127 interception return yards set a new MWC record and marks the nation's best single-game effort this season, while his two interception returns for touchdowns tied a school and MWC record.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KYLE WATSON, UNLV
Junior, Placekicker, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Texas Southern
Kyle Watson had a career night while contributing to UNLV's 22-10 win over Wyoming. The former transfer from Texas Southern scored 10 of the Rebels' 22 points, and kept his team in the game early with three first-half field goals. Watson put UNLV on the board first with a career-long 38-yard field goal in the first quarter. After the Cowboys got into the end zone to take a 7-3 lead, the Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., product booted a 36-yarder and another 38-yard field goal in the second period to give the Rebels a narrow 9-7 lead at halftime. Watson also made his only extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter.