Mountain West Football Players of the Week
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Wyoming running back Brian Hill has been tabbed the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week, while San Diego State defensive back Malik Smith and Colorado State punt returner Joe Hansley garnered MW Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively. It is the second MW weekly honor for Hill and first for both Smith and Hansley.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
BRIAN HILL, WYOMING
Sophomore, Running Back, Belleville, Illinois / Belleville West HS
- Rushed for 232 rushing yards on a career-high 35 carries to help Wyoming snap a four-game losing streak with a 35-28 win over UNLV.
- Averaged 6.6 yards per carry and scored one touchdown on a 72-yard scamper in the second quarter.
- Added two receptions for 18 yards to end the day with 250 all-purpose yards.
- The 232 rushing yards were tops in the Mountain West this past week and were the fourth-most in the NCAA in Week 13.
- Set a new Wyoming single-season rushing record with 1,631 rushing yards, breaking the previous single-season record of 1,455 rushing yards set by Ryan Christopherson in 1994.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MALIK SMITH, SAN DIEGO STATE
Junior, Defensive Back, Compton, California / Dominguez HS
- Had eight tackles (seven solo), one interception and three pass break ups in San Diego State's 31-14 win over Nevada, clinching a perfect MW season (8-0) for the Aztecs.
- His interception came in the end zone as Nevada was on the SDSU 8-yard line, keeping the score a 14-7 in favor of the Aztecs.
- His three pass breakups tied a career high and were one more than the rest of the Aztecs and Wolf Pack had combined (2).
- The eight tackles were tied for the most on the team, while the seven solo stops led SDSU.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JOE HANSLEY, COLORADO STATE
Senior, Punt Returner/Wide Receiver, Highlands Ranch, Colorado / Highlands Ranch HS
- Returned two punt returns for touchdowns in Colorado State's 34-31 come from behind victory at Fresno State.
- Had a total of three punt returns, averaging 45.33 yards per return.
- Gave CSU a 7-0 lead just 2:46 into the game with a 75-yard punt return touchdown. It marked the first time a Ram returned a punt for a TD since Hansley's first career punt-return touchdown, Sept. 1, 2013 vs. Colorado.
- With 42 second remaining in the first half and Colorado State trailing 24-7, Hansley returned a 61-yard punt for his second TD of the game. He became just the second Ram to return two punts for touchdowns in a single game (Dallas Davis vs. Utah on Oct. 28, 1999).
- Added a third touchdown at the 10 minute mark of the fourth quarter with a 24-yard score that ended up being the game winner, helping CSU overcome a 17-point deficit. As a receiver, he had a team-most three catches for 46 yards (182 all-purpose yards).