Mathews, a junior from Bakersfield, Calif. (West HS), rushed for a career-high 234 yards and three touchdowns in the game against Boise State on Friday night. All three scores came on runs of 60 yards or more. The first two came in the second quarter and cut Boise State's lead to 24-17 going into halftime. The 234 yards ties for the most by any player in the nation this year. Mathews currently leads the country in rushing with 149.0 yards per contest.
Dickson, a junior from Wailuku, Hawaii (Baldwin HS), made six tackles (3 solo) and picked off a pass, returning it 74 yards for a touchdown in Idaho's 34-20 win over San Diego State. With the Aztecs at Idaho's 29-yard line early in the first quarter, Dickson intercepted a second down pass attempt and returned it for the touchdown to give Idaho a lead it would never relinquish.
Young, a junior from Los Angeles, Calif. (University HS), returned five kickoffs for 154 yards including a long of 77 yards in the win at Fresno State on Friday night. His 77-yard return came in the second quarter, and three plays later, Young caught a seven-yard pass for a touchdown to give the Broncos a 24-3 lead. Young also recovered a fumble in the endzone for another touchdown.
Others nominated on offense: junior running back Jeremy Avery, Boise State; senior quarterback Greg Alexander, Hawai'i; senior running back DeMaundray Woolridge, Idaho; junior quarterback Ross Jenkins, Louisiana Tech; junior running back Seth Smith, New Mexico State; and junior quarterback Diondre Borel, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: sophomore defensive tackle Billy Winn, Boise State; senior safety Moses Harris, Fresno State; junior defensive back Mana Silva, Hawai'i; senior safety Deon Young, Louisiana Tech; senior linebacker Ross Conner, New Mexico State; and sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner, Utah State.
Other special teams nominations included: sophomore kicker Kevin Goessling, Fresno State; sophomore kick returner Kama Bailey, Idaho; and senior kick returner Tonny Glynn, New Mexico State.