Oct. 2, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior linebacker Brent Passey was named the Big West Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Aggies' 35-14 Homecoming loss to instate rival Utah on Saturday, it was announced by the league office Monday.
Passey, a 6-foot-1, 227-pound native of Mesa, Ariz., earned the award for the second time in his career. As a sophomore in 1998, Passey garnered the award for the first time in his career for his efforts against New Mexico State on Oct. 31.
Against the Utes, Passey recorded 12 tackles -- seven unassisted -- for Utah State. Passey also had two tackles for a loss and forced one fumble.
Passey has now recorded double-figure tackles in 15 of the last 19 games, including three of four this season. On the year, No. 44 has amassed 50 tackles with 31 of those being unassisted. So far this season, Passey's biggest game came against instate foe Southern Utah in which he tallied 15 tackles, seven of those being unassisted.
With his defensive award, Passey is the third Utah State player to receive player of the week honors from the Big West this year as senior place kicker Brad Bohn earned the special teams award for his game against Arizona State on Sept. 23. And, senior wide receiver Aaron Jones was the offensive player of the week for his efforts against SUU on Sept. 9.
Other league winners included offensive player of the week John Welsh, who quarterbacked Idaho to a convincing 56-7 victory over Montana State. Welsh, a junior, only played one half, but completed 13 of 22 passes for 385 yards and six touchdown passes, five of them being to different receivers.
Special teams honors went to Arkansas State's Sean Mitchell, who blocked a punt against Richmond that led directly to a 32-yard defensive touchdown. This is the third straight season that Mitchell has recorded a blocked punt.
Other Aggie nominees included senior wide receiver Aaron Jones, who caught six passes for 103 yards and one touchdown against Utah. It was the sixth 100-yard game of his career.
Sophomore punter Steve Mullins was USU's special teams nominee after recording four punts for a 44.8 average, including a long of 62 and one inside the 20. His 44.8 average is his best of the season.
Utah State will return to action Friday when it travels to Provo to face in-state rival Brigham Young at 7:05 p.m.
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