Nov. 1, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Alex Smith (Utah), Nick Speegle (New Mexico) and John Wendling (Wyoming), and Wes Zunker (New Mexico) were named Mountain West Conference Players of the Week. Smith claims Offensive Player of the Week, Speegle and Wendling share Defensive honors, and Zunker receives Special Teams recognition. Smith earns the award for the fourth time this season and seventh time in his career. Zunker earns the award for the second time this season and third time in his career, while Speegle and Wendling are first time honorees.
MWC Offensive Player of the Week
Alex Smith, Utah, Quarterback, Junior
Smith completed 22-of-33 passes (67%) for 298 yards and five touchdowns in Utah's 51-28 road victory at San Diego State. He also led all Ute rushers with 45 yards on 15 carries and was responsible for 343 of Utah's 548 yards of total offense. Smith's five passing touchdowns are a career high and tie for the second-most in school history. Smith also set an MWC record, becoming one of five quarterbacks in MWC history to pass for five touchdowns in a game.
MWC Co-Defensive Players of the Week
John Wendling, Wyoming, Free Safety, Sophomore
Wendling led Wyoming with 11 tackles, including seven solo stops and four assists, in a 43-26 win over Air Force. He also had two pass breakups in the victory. It was the fourth time in eight games this season Wendling has had double figures in tackles.
Nick Speegle, New Mexico, Linebacker, Senior
Speegle collected eight tackles (seven solo), including two for a combined loss of eight yards, in the 26-17 victory over Colorado State in Fort Collins. He also had a pass deflection and was part of the defensive effort that helped hold the Rams to their lowest rushing total (35 yards) in five years.
MWC Special Teams Player of the Week
Wes Zunker, New Mexico, Kicker, Senior
Zunker tied a career-high with four made field goals (21, 30, 46, 50), including a 50-yard kick that gave New Mexico a 26-17 lead with 3:26 left in the game. The 50-yard field goal was the second-longest of his career, behind a 51-yard connection against UTEP in 2001. Zunker was also successful on both of his extra point attempts in New Mexico's 26-17 victory over Colorado State.