Oct. 16, 2006
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
University of Wyoming sophomore linebacker Ward Dobbs and junior cornerback Julius Stinson have been named by the Mountain West Conference as Co-Defensive Players of the Week for their efforts in the 'Pokes 31-15 win over Utah.
Dobbs, UW's leading tackler (49) this season, and Stinson, who is at or near the top of nearly every defensive category for the Cowboys, have helped lead Wyoming to the nation's best average defending the pass, 106.9 yards allowed per game, and the third best average overall, 222.4 total yards allowed per game.
Shaun Carney (Air Force) and Kenny Byrd (New Mexico) were also honored by the MWC for games through Oct. 14. Carney earns Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Byrd receives Special Teams recognition. This is Carney's third career weekly honor and second of the season. Dobbs, Stinson and Byrd are all first time weekly award winners.
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Ward Dobbs, WYOMING
Sophomore, Linebacker, Fairbanks, Alaska/West Valley
Sophomore linebacker Ward Dobbs recorded eight tackles (four solo), including two sacks for a minus 13 yards, and forced one fumble in Wyoming's 31-15 win over Utah. On Utah's first offensive series, Dobbs recorded the first sack of the year on Utah QB Brett Ratliff on a third down and eight from Utah's 19-yard line. Dobbs not only recorded the first sack of the season against the Utes, but on that same play he forced a Utah fumble which was recovered by the Cowboys on the Utah 11-yard line. Three plays later, the Cowboy offense scored to go ahead 10-0.
Julius Stinson, WYOMING
Junior, Cornerback, Victorville, Calif./Silverado
Junior cornerback Julius Stinson made seven tackles, including five solo tackles, and intercepted one pass, which he returned 42 yards for a touchdown, in Wyoming's victory over Utah. Stinson's 42-yard interception return for a touchdown came on Utah's first possession of the third quarter. It was his second interception of the season, and first career interception return for a touchdown.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
SHAUN CARNEY, AIR FORCE
Junior, Quarterback, North Olmsted, Ohio/St. Edward
Junior quarterback Shaun Carney rushed for 106 yards on 14 carries (7.6 yards per carry) and connected on 8-of-13 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns in Air Force's 24-21 come from behind win against Colorado State. Carney went 4-for-5 passing in the second half with two of the completions going for first downs and the other two going for touchdowns. It was Carney's first 100-yard rushing and 100-yard passing game of the season and the second of his career. His two passing touchdowns also tied a career-high.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
KENNY BYRD, NEW MEXICO
Senior, Kicker, Albuquerque, N.M./St. Pius X
Senior place kicker Kenny Byrd kicked a career-best four field goals (33, 24, 29, 39) and scored a career-high 14 points in New Mexico's 39-36 overtime win at UNLV. All of Byrd's field goals came in the second half, including the 39-yard game-winner in overtime.