WSU's Lewis named defensive player of the week

WSU's Lewis named defensive player of the week

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OGDEN -- Weber State's defensive back Thyrell Lewis has been named the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week.

Eastern Washington quarterback Matt Nichols is the Offensive Player of the Week. Northern Arizona kicker Mark Myers is the Special Teams Player of the Week.

Lewis, a 5-9, 175-pound senior from Hawthorne, Calif., tallied five tackles, two pass breakups and a game-clinching interception in No. 16 Weber State's 28-20 road victory over Northern Colorado. With Weber State up 28-20 late in the fourth quarter, Lewis stepped in front of a Bryan Waggener pass and returned it 15 yards to the Northern Colorado 18-yard line. This is Lewis' first Player of the Week award.

Nichols, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound senior from Cottonwood, Calif., completed 26-of-41 passes for 327 yards and four touchdowns in the Eagles' 34-24 home victory over Montana State. The Walter Payton Award candidate rallied his team from a 24-14 fourth-quarter deficit, hooking up with Taiwan Jones on scoring strikes of 20 and 38 yards. The 38-yarder put the Eagles up 28-24. Nichols also threw TD passes of 16 and 15 yards to Nathan Overbay in the second quarter. Nichols moved up to fourth on the Big Sky's all-time career list in passing yards with 10,954 yards, and also moved to fourth all-time in total yardage with 11,588. This is Nichols' fifth career Player of the Week honor.

Myers, a 6-foot, 210-pound sophomore from Corona, Calif., made four field goals and four extra points in No. 24 Northern Arizona's 40-12 victory over Idaho State. Meyers connected on field goals of 45, 24, 26 and 22 yards. He finished the game with 16 points, making all eight of his kicks. This is the first Player of the Week honor for Myers.

Others Nominated for Weekly Awards


Chase Reynolds, RB, Montana
Cody Kempt, QB, Montana State
Alex Henderson, RB, Northern Arizona
Patrick Walker, WR, Northern Colorado
Connor Kavanaugh, QB, Portland State
Jason Smith, QB, Sacramento State
Bo Bolen, RB, Weber State


Matt Johnson, LB, Eastern Washington
Brandon Dodson, CB, Montana
Stevon Thomas, LB, Northern Arizona
John Eddy, LB, Northern Colorado
Ryan Rau, LB, Portland State
Peter Buck, LB, Sacramento State


Tony Davis, Ret., Eastern Washington
Andrew Benavides, Ret., Idaho State
Cole Lockwood, Montana
Mike Snoy, P, Weber State

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