Christian, Coleman and Rogers Earn Weekly WAC Football Honorable Mention
Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo, Hawai‘i linebacker Aaron Brown and Hawai‘i placekicker Kenton Chun were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Fajardo, a freshman from Brea, Calif. (Servite HS), completed 19-of-29 passes for 283 yards with no interceptions and rushed 13 times for 60 yards and four touchdowns in Nevada’s 48-34 win at New Mexico State. Nevada trailed 27-20 at halftime before Fajardo scored two third quarter touchdowns to give the Wolf Pack the lead for good. It was the ninth straight WAC victory for Nevada.
Brown, a senior from Puyallup, Wash. (Saddleback CC), had a team-high nine tackles (5 solo), including 1.5 for a loss, and an interception in the win at Idaho. With Hawai‘i trailing 14-13, Brown helped stop Idaho early in the fourth quarter on a 4th-and-1 running play from the Warrior 15-yard line and then later picked off a pass at the Hawai‘i 5-yard line with 3:04 remaining to set up the winning field goal a couple of minutes later.
Chun, a senior from Honolulu, O‘ahu (Southern Oregon), hit a game-winning 35-yard field goal with 32 seconds remaining in Hawai‘i’s victory at Idaho. Chun also nailed a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter to give the Warriors a 10-7 lead. Entering the game, he had one career field goal attempt, hitting a 38-yarder in the season opener against Colorado.
Others nominated on offense: senior quarterback Bryant Moniz, Hawai‘i; junior wide receiver Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech; and senior quarterback Matt Christian, New Mexico State.
Also nominated on defense: junior defensive end Benson Mayowa, Idaho; senior linebacker Jay Dudley, Louisiana Tech; junior cornerback Khalid Wooten, Nevada; and senior safety Donyae Coleman, New Mexico State.
Other special teams nominations included: sophomore deep snapper Josh Cuthbert, Louisiana Tech; senior punter Jake Hurst, Nevada; and senior kick returner Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State.