LOGAN, Utah -
Utah State football player Jalen Davis was named the America First Credit Union USU Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Oct. 1, it was announced Monday. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
It is the first time this year and second time in his career that the 5-foot-10, 185-pound senior cornerback, has been named USU’s student-athlete of the week.
With their sponsorship of the Student-Athlete of the Week, America First Credit Union donates funds directly to support student-athlete scholarships.
This is the fourth award Davis has garnered following Utah State’s 40-24 victory over in-state rival BYU last Friday night on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.
Prior to earning the USU weekly accolade on Monday, Davis was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week. On Sunday, he garnered a pair of awards as he was named the CBSSports.com National Player of the Week and the College Sports Madness (CSM) MW Defensive Player of the Week.
Davis intercepted a career-high three passes and returned two of them for touchdowns from 30 and 50 yards, respectively, in the Aggies’ 40-24 win over in-state rival BYU last Friday night at Maverik Stadium.
Davis also had a season-high five tackles, to go along with one pass breakup. With that pass breakup, he tied the school record for passes broken up in a career as he now has 26 overall.
The three interceptions for Davis are tied with New Mexico State’s Shamad Lomax for the most in a game at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level this year, and tied for a Mountain West record as it is the 11th time in conference history a player has had three picks in a game.
The last time an FBS player had more than three interceptions in a game was in 2006, when Middle Tennessee’s Damon Nickson had four picks against Louisiana-Lafayette. Furthermore, Davis’ three interceptions are the second-most in a game in school history, trailing only Henry King, who had four picks against Pacific in 1966.
Davis’ two interception returns for touchdowns are a single-game school record and tied with four other players for the most in Mountain West history, not to mention the most at the FBS level this season. In fact, it is just the 18th time in conference history that a team has had two interceptions returned for a touchdown in a game.
Davis is the first FBS player to have three interceptions and return two of them for touchdowns since 2012, when Fresno State’s Phillip Thomas accomplished the feat against Colorado.
On the season, Davis leads the team with his five interceptions for 120 yards. He also leads the Aggies in pass breakups (5) and shares the lead in sacks (2.0), to go along with his 11 total tackles – the second most by a Utah State cornerback.
Utah State (3-2, 1-0 MW) returns to action this weekend as it hosts Mountain West foe Colorado State (3-2, 1-0 MW) on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 2:30 p.m. The game will be televised regionally on AT&T Sports (Comcast Ch. 52/693HD, Dish Network Ch. 414, DirecTV Ch. 683).
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included:
MEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Senior Dillon Maggard (Kenmore, Wash.) won his second race of the year as he placed first out of 359 runners in the men’s 8-kilometer gold race at the Lehigh-hosted Paul Short Run last weekend with a personal-best time of 23:27. Utah State also won the team championship with 119 points as it defeated No. 17 Georgetown, which had 167 points. Overall, 40 teams competed in the race.
WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY – Junior Alyssa Snyder (Coalville, Utah) won her third-consecutive race last week, placing first out of 369 runners in the women’s 6-kilometer gold race at the Lehigh-hosted Paul Short Run with a time of 19:48. Utah State also won the team championship with 72 points and upset No. 15 Villanova, which had 115 points. Overall, 42 teams competed in the race.
GOLF – Senior Braxton Miller (Boise, Idaho) recorded his second-career top-10 finish last week as he tied for ninth at the Colorado-hosted Mark Simpson Invitational with a 6-under-par 210 (70-69-71). Miller shot under par in all three rounds to give him 21 rounds under par and six rounds in the 60’s during his collegiate career. Overall, it was Miller’s best-ever 54-hole score, while his 6-under is a collegiate low and just his third-ever tournament finish under par. USU finished seventh in the 20-team field at 1-under 863 (288-291-283).
SOCCER – Senior forward Bailee Hammond (Centerville, Utah) led Utah State in its 0-2 Mountain West home record last weekend, as the Aggies fell to San Diego State (2-1) and New Mexico (2-1). Against the Aztecs, Hammond assisted on the Aggies' lone goal of the day, also taking one shot. Against the Lobos, she scored the team's only goal, putting USU on the board with 45 seconds left in the match with her only shot of the day. On the weekend, Hammond took two shots, one of which was on goal, while adding one goal and one assist.
MEN’S TENNIS – Freshman Jose Fernando Carvajal (Pereira, Colombia) finished with a 7-2 overall record at the Idaho State-hosted Bank of Commerce Fall Tournament last weekend. Carvajal won the consolation doubles bracket with freshman Valdemar Holm, finishing 3-1. Carvajal also placed second in the orange singles draw with a 4-1 record.
VOLLEYBALL – Senior opposite Kayla DeCoursey (Farmington, Utah) recorded a career-high-tying 17 kills in a 3-1 victory at UNLV and matched a career high with two aces in a 3-0 loss at New Mexico last weekend as Utah State posted a 1-1 Mountain West road record. DeCoursey hit a team-best .567 (17-0-30) against the Rebels and added five digs, three blocks, a career-high two service aces and one assist. DeCoursey matched the two service aces at New Mexico and added four kills, four blocks and two digs. For the week, DeCoursey totaled 21 kills, averaging 3.00 per set and hitting a team-best .391 (21-3-46), and added seven digs, seven blocks, four aces and one assist.
2017-18 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Sept. 4 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 11 – Kent Myers, Football
Sept. 18 – Alyssa Snyder, Women’s Cross Country
Sept. 25 – Lauren Anderson, Volleyball
Oct. 2 – Jalen Davis, Football
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