Beck earns fifth player-of-the-week honor

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PROVO, Utah (Nov. 13, 2006) -- BYU senior quarterback John Beck has been named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for the fifth time this season. Beck became the Mountain West Conference career leader in passing and total offense after posting 313 yards and four touchdowns (two rushing) to lead the 25th ranked Cougars to a 55-7 victory over Wyoming and secure at least a share of the MWC Championship.

"John's statistics speak for themselves," BYU head coach Bronco Mendenhall said. "All he was missing was a championship, and with securing at least a share of that, I think it's time to acknowledge that he belongs with some of the great names at BYU. I'm extremely proud of him, not just because of the way he's leading the team and his passing, but with his approach with the team. I couldn't ask him to handle it any better."

Beck carved up the nation's fourth-ranked pass defense, connecting on 20-of-26 attempts for a completion percentage of 76.9. His efficiency rating of 203.4 marked the fourth time this season he has had a rating of over 200.

On the season Beck has thrown 22 touchdown completions, compared to just four interceptions. His +18 touchdown-to-interception margin is the highest since Brandon Doman had a margin of +25 during the 2001 season.

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