WAC Football Players of the Week
Franklin, a sophomore from Dallas, Texas (Kimball HS), set career highs with eight receptions for 236 yards and two touchdowns in New Mexico State's season-opening win over Sacramento State, 49-19. The 236 yards are the third most in school history and the most by a WAC receiver since 2006.
Wade, a sophomore from Tyler, Texas (John Tyler HS), made a career-high 11 tackles (5 solo), forced a fumble on a 48-yard kickoff return and intercepted a first-and-goal pass in the end zone with the Roadrunner's trailing 7-0 in the game at South Alabama. UTSA scored touchdowns following both turnovers to take a 14-7 lead after the first quarter. Wade also had one tackle for a loss of seven yards that helped hold South Alabama to a field goal in the third quarter.
Ianno, a sophomore from Pflugerville, Texas (Pflugerville HS), made a career-long 51-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining to give UTSA a 33-31 win at South Alabama. Ianno was 4-for-4 on field goal attempts, including a 47-yarder in the second quarter, and extended his PAT streak to 34 with three more in the game.
Others nominated on offense: junior quarterback Eric Soza, UTSA; senior running back Marcus Curry, Texas State; and sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: junior linebacker Trashaun Nixon, New Mexico State; senior linebacker Brian Lilly, Texas State; and junior defensive lineman Connor Williams, Utah State.
Other special teams nominations included: junior punter Cayle Chapman-Brown, New Mexico State; sophomore place kicker Will Johnson, Texas State; and senior kick returner Chuck Jacobs, Utah State.