Dec. 5, 2011
University of Wyoming senior linebacker Brian Hendricks was named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Hendricks, playing in his last regular-season game for the Cowboys, led Wyoming with nine tackles, including 1.0 tackle for a loss as the UW captured a 22-19 road win at Colorado State. Hendricks' nine tackles included a critical play right before halftime. CSU quarterback Garret Grayson scrambled out of the pocket from the Wyoming 18-yard line and it appeared Grayson would score, but Hendricks didn't give up on the play and tackled Grayson at the two-yard line with under a minute to go. That touchdown-saving tackle would lead to a Wyoming interception in the end zone three plays later, that ended the drive and preserved a 14-6 Wyoming halftime lead on way to a 22-19 victory.
It was Hendricks first MW Player of the Week honor this season and the second of his career.
Hendricks will enter the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl with 296 career tackles to rank 12th in school history. He needs seven tackles to tie Brian Brown (303 career tackles from 1996-98) for 11th place in school history, and needs 15 to tie Bruce Mowry (311 tackles from 1981-84) for 10th place.