Story courtesy of the Mountain West Conference
Photo courtesy of San Diego State Athletics
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Kasey Carrier (New Mexico), Ryan Katz (San Diego State), Phillip Thomas (Fresno State) and Tim Gleeson (Wyoming) are the Mountain West Players of the Week for games through Oct. 6. Carrier and Katz share Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Thomas garners the Defensive Player award and Gleeson receives Special Teams recognition. This marks the second career MW weekly accolade for Phillip and first for Carrier, Katz and Gleeson.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KASEY CARRIER, NEW MEXICO
Sophomore, Running Back, Pearland, Texas/Pearland HS
Junior running back Kasey Carrier rushed for career-highs of 23 carries, 191 yards and four touchdowns in New Mexico's 35-14 victory over Texas State. The product of Pearland, Texas staked the Lobos to a 14-0 lead, opening with first-quarter scoring runs of 37 yards and one yard. He also recorded UNM’s final two TDs, a 19-yard run in the second quarter and a career-long 43-yard touchdown dash in the third that accounted for the final margin of victory. Carrier's 191 yards were the most by a Lobo tailback since Rodney Ferguson tallied 210 yards vs. San Diego State on Nov. 25, 2006. His four TDs were the most since Ferguson had four vs. San Diego State on Oct. 18, 2008.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN KATZ, SAN DIEGO STATE
Senior, Quarterback, Santa Monica, Calif./Oregon State
Senior Ryan Katz accounted for five touchdowns and 247 yards total offense in San Diego State’s 52-14 victory over Hawai‘i. The Santa Monica, Calif., native carried the ball 10 times, rushing for 57 yards and a career-high three touchdowns with scoring runs of 27, 34 and nine yards. He became the first Aztec quarterback with three rushing scores since Kevin O’Connell had three at Colorado State on Oct. 6, 2007. Katz also threw for two touchdowns and 190 yards, extending his streak of multiple passing TDs to four games.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
PHILLIP THOMAS, FRESNO STATE
Senior, Safety, Bakersfield, Calif./Bakersfield HS
Senior safety Phillip Thomas led the Bulldog defensive efforts in a 28-7 road victory at Colorado State, registering a team-high eight tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and one interception. The Bakersfield, Calif., product was responsible for both turnovers created by the Bulldog defense, with both leading to Fresno State touchdowns. His sack in the first quarter also forced CSU quarterback M.J. McPeek to fumble and gave Fresno State the ball on the CSU 29-yard line and led to the Bulldogs’ first touchdown. In the second half with the Bulldogs up, 14-0, Thomas stopped Ram running back Charles Lovett short of a first down on a fourth-and-two, giving the Bulldogs the ball in CSU territory and leading to another Fresno State touchdown. On CSU’s next possession, Thomas intercepted a McPeek pass, which led to Fresno State’s fourth touchdown of the game. Thomas and the Bulldog defense held CSU to just 249 total yards and only 55 rushing.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TIM GLEESON, WYOMING
Freshman, Punter, Melbourne, Australia/Viewbank College Prep
Freshman Tim Gleeson averaged 45.5 yards on six punts and helped Wyoming average 38.3 net yards per punt in a 35-28 overtime loss at Nevada. The Melbourne, Australia, native placed two punts inside the Nevada 20-yard line. One was a 51-yarder downed at the Nevada 14 and a 35-yard boot that forced a fair catch at the Nevada 16-yard line. Gleeson also had another 51-yard punt that resulted in a touchback. In the fourth quarter, he helped change field position with a 45-yarder that was fair caught at the Nevada 23-yard line. His final punt of the game was his longest of the day when he kicked a 54-yarder from his own 13-yard line.