Oct. 29, 2007
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Rodney Ferguson and John Sullivan (New Mexico), Beau Bell (UNLV), Steve Tate (Utah) and Billy Vinnedge (Wyoming) are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 27. Ferguson earns the Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Bell and Tate share the Defensive Player award, and Sullivan and Vinnedge share Special Teams recognition. Bell collects player of the week honors for the fourth time in his career, while Sullivan garners the honor for the third time in his career and Vinnedge earns his second player of the week accolade. This is the first player of the week award for Ferguson and Tate.
CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Billy Vinnedge, WYOMING
Senior, Kicker/Punter, Arroyo Grande, Calif./Allan Hancock CC
Vinnedge scored all nine of Wyoming's first-half points, making field goals of 37, 33 and 44 yards as the Cowboys defeated UNLV, 29-24. Vinnedge also punted five times for a 41.8-yard average, placing all five of his punts inside the Rebels' 20-yard line.
JOHN SULLIVAN, NEW MEXICO
Junior, Kicker, Tehachapi, Calif./Tehachapi
John Sullivan kicked a career-high four field goals New Mexico's victory over Air Force. His final two field goals came in the fourth quarter and were the difference in the 34-31 victory. Sullivan connected from 43, 20, 32 and 38 yards, establishing a school record by making 18 consecutive field goals. The streak ended when he missed from 32 yards later in the fourth period. Sullivan now has 19 made field goals this season, which tie for the second-most in school history.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RODNEY FERGUSON, NEW MEXICO
Junior, TB, Albuquerque, N.M./Albuquerque Manzano
Rodney Ferguson had a career-high 41 carries for 146 yards and two touchdowns in New Mexico's 34-31 victory over Air Force. The 41 rushes set a Mountain West Conference record for carries by a junior and ranks as the second-most in league history overall. Ferguson rushed 24 times for 92 yards in the second half as the Lobos overcame a 21-10 first-half deficit. It is Ferguson's fourth 100-yard game of the season and the eighth of his career. He now has 2,155 yards rushing in his career, moving into seventh place all time at UNM, passing Lobo head coach Rocky Long (2,071 yards).
CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
BEAU BELL, UNLV
Senior, Linebacker, Tustin, Calif./Tustin
Beau Bell recorded 10 total tackles, including five solo stops and three tackles for loss, as well as a pass breakup and an interception return for a touchdown in UNLV's loss to Wyoming. Midway through the third quarter, Bell grabbed his third career interception and ran it back 11 yards to give the Rebels a 17-9 lead and their first defensive score of the season. Bell now has 288 career tackles, moving into fifth place all-time at UNLV and 10th in MWC history.
STEVE TATE, UTAH
Senior, Defensive Back, Salt Lake City, Utah/Utah State
Steve Tate registered 12 tackles, including 10 solo, one sack, two tackles for loss and an interception in Utah's win at Colorado State. Tate's effort led a Utah defense that allowed just three CSU points and held the Rams to 1-of-12 on third down conversion attempts.