DENVER - Louisiana Tech quarterback Ross Jenkins, Hawai'i linebacker Corey Paredes and Boise State punt returner Chris Potter were named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Jenkins, a senior from Houston, Texas (Langham Creek HS), threw for a career-high 422 yards and three touchdowns in Louisiana Tech's 48-35 win over Idaho on Saturday. It was the most yards thrown by any quarterback in the nation over the weekend and sixth most this season. He was 31-of-44 with no interceptions and also rushed for 34 yards and a touchdown on eight carries. Jenkins escaped without being sacked as Idaho came into the game fourth in the nation in sacks.
Paredes, a junior from Kane'ohe, O'ahu (Castle HS), led the team with nine tackles (6 solo) and forced two fumbles in the 27-21 win over No. 19 Nevada. His first forced fumble came early in the first quarter and led to Hawai'i's first touchdown of the game. On the second, Paredes stopped Nevada from scoring a touchdown in the third quarter by stripping quarterback Colin Kaepernick of the ball just before he crossed the goal line. The Hawai'i defense held Nevada to 134 rushing yards, 180 below their season average.
Potter, a sophomore from Westlake Village, Calif. (Oaks Christian HS), returned four punts for 76 yards in Boise State's 48-0 win over San Jose State. He had a long return of 33 yards which led to a Bronco touchdown right before the half. The 76 return yards are the most by a WAC player this year and his average of 19.0 yards per return tied for the third best this season.
Others nominated on offense: senior wide receiver Titus Young, Boise State; sophomore running back Robbie Rouse, Fresno State; junior quarterback Bryant Moniz, Hawai'i; and sophomore running back Kenny Turner, New Mexico State.
Also nominated on defense: junior linebacker Aaron Tevis, Boise State; senior defensive end Chris Carter, Fresno State; junior linebacker Jay Dudley, Louisiana Tech; senior defensive end Dontay Moch, Nevada; and junior safety Donyae Coleman, New Mexico State.
Other special teams nominations included: sophomore punter Andrew Shapiro, Fresno State; sophomore kick returner Lyle Fitte, Louisiana Tech; sophomore kick returner Mike Ball, Nevada; and junior kick returner Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State.