Athletics News
Cooley Named USU Athlete of the Week

Sept. 8, 2003

LOGAN, Utah - Football player Chris Cooley was named the Utah State Athlete of the Week in a split vote over soccer player Lacy Gustaveson, it was announced on Monday. The weekly award is voted on by a local media panel.

Cooley, a senior tight end, caught six passes for 92 yards, including a 41-yard reception for Utah State's only score in its 31-7 loss at then 23rd-ranked Nebraska last Saturday. All of his catches came in the first half as the Aggies changed their blocking scheme in the second half and he did not run many routes.

The 92 yards were the third most in his career while the six catches tied for the second most in his career. He extended his streak of catching at least two passes in a game to nine straight contests.

On the year, the Logan, Utah product is third in the Sun Belt with 5.0 receptions per game and fifth in receiving yards with 59.0 per contest. His 5.0 reception average ranks 64th in the nation.

Utah State will play its second straight ranked opponent when the Aggies travel to 16th-ranked Arizona State on Saturday in an 8:05 p.m. MDT kickoff.

Other Nominees For the USU Weekly Award:

Soccer - Lacy Gustaveson scored the game-winning goal in the 79th minute of play as Utah State's women's soccer defeated Weber State 2-1 Thursday. Gustaveson put the Aggies ahead for good as she took a pass from Chanel Blaquiere and beat Wildcat goalie Kandice Golar. She is also second on the team this season in total points with three. USU also lost 1-0 to Idaho State this week.

Volleyball - Erin Cartwright-Davis was named to the all-tournament team at the Montana State Classic as USU finished in third place at 1-2. For the week she hit .287 and averaged 4.4 kills, 2.53 digs and 1.53 blocks per game.

Previous Winners Sept. 1 - Zuzana Cernianska, Volleyball Sept. 8 - Chris Cooley, Football

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