Trevyn Smith named Big Sky Player of the Week


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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- Weber State running back Trevyn Smith and Northern Arizona wide receiver Alex Watson were named co-offensive players of the week Monday in the Big Sky Conference.

Northern Arizona defensive back Jeff Wheeler was named defensive player, while Northern Colorado's Matt West won the special teams honor.

Smith, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound redshirt freshman from Springville, Utah, rushed for a career-high 186 yards and a touchdown in Weber State's 24-13 victory over Southern Utah. He averaged 11.6 yards in his 16 carries, and scored on a 37-yard run in the third quarter.

Watson, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound junior from Long Beach, Calif., caught three passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns in Northern Arizona's 66-14 win over Dixie College. Watson caught TD passes of 60 and 19 yards in the first quarter, and an 80-yarder in the second quarter. Watson averaged 53 yards per catch and leads the conference in receiving yards per game at 130.7. He has 18 catches for 392 yards with five touchdowns this season.

Wheeler, a 6-1, 180-pound senior from Eugene, Ore., tied a Division I-AA record with two interceptions for touchdowns in Northern Arizona's win over Dixie College. Wheeler returned an interception 22 yards for a score with 10:24 to play in the first quarter. His second interception resulted in a 27-yard return for a score.

West, a 6-4, 220-pound senior defensive lineman from Montrose, Colo., scored the game-winning touchdown in Northern Colorado's 14-13 upset of No. 23 Texas State. West scooped up a blocked punt and returned it 5 yards for a touchdown to give the Bears a 14-0 lead with seven seconds to play in the first half.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-09-18-06 1440MDT

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