Oct. 21, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State senior running back Joey DeMartino has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending Sunday, Oct. 20, in an award that is voted on by a state-wide media panel.
This is the first time in his career DeMartino has received the USU Student-Athlete of the Week award.
In the Aggies' dominating 45-10 win over New Mexico this weekend, DeMartino had a career-high 185 yards of total offense and a career-best four touchdowns. He finished the game with 12 rushes for a career-high 144 yards for his third-career 100-yard rushing game. He also tied his career-high with three rushing touchdowns - from eight, 32 and 38 yards - and posted his second-ever multi-touchdown game. He also had a career-high three receptions for a career-best 41 yards, including his first-ever touchdown reception of 21 yards, which was a career-long.
Overall, DeMartino scored USU's first three touchdowns of the game against the Lobos and is the first Aggie to score four touchdowns in a game since Robert Turbin in 2011 against Colorado State. On the season, he ranks fifth in the MW and 22nd in the nation in rushing touchdowns (1.0 pg), and eighth in the MW and 60th in the nation in rushing (75.8 ypg).
After an intense eight-week stretch, Utah State football has a bye this week. They will return to Mountain West action on Saturday, Nov. 2, hosting Hawai'i. Kickoff is slated for 2 p.m.
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Nominees from other sports for USU Student-Athlete of the Week included: MEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Senior Kyle McKenna (Farmington, Utah) was Utah State's top runner at the Indiana State hosted Pre-National meet last weekend as he finished the eight-kilometer race in 24:29.83 to place 84th out of 359 runners and help the Aggie men finish 33rd out of 52 teams.
WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY - Senior Alex Litzsinger (Pocatello, Idaho) was Utah State's top runner at the Indiana State hosted Pre-National meet last weekend as she finished the six-kilometer race in 21:38.15 to place 122nd out of 340 runners and help the Aggie women finish 43rd out of 49 teams.
SOCCER - Freshman midfielder Jayne Robison (Layton, Utah) had three points in Utah State's 3-0 road win against Colorado State in USU's only match last week. Robison assisted on USU's second goal for her team-leading fourth assist of the season and scored her second goal of the year against the Rams to secure the win. Overall, Robison played 50 minutes off the bench against CSU.
MEN'S TENNIS - Junior Sean Levesque (Ventura, Calif.) posted a 4-2 singles record at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Mountain Regional Championship last week as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the consolation bracket.
VOLLEYBALL - Junior outside hitter Rachel Orr (Thatcher, Ariz.) led Utah State to a pair three-set wins last week against Utah Valley at home and at Nevada averaging nearly a double-double with 10.5 kills and 7.5 digs per match. Against the Wolverines, she posted 10 kills on a .318 (10-3-22) attack percentage to go with five digs, four blocks and one ace. Against the Wolf Pack, she posted her eighth double-double of the season to tie for the team-lead with 11 kills and 10 digs, adding two blocks and one ace, and hit .444 (11-3-18) in the match. For the week, Orr posted a .375 (21-6-40) attack percentage, averaging 4.33 points, 3.50 kills, 2.50 digs, 1.00 blocks and 0.33 service aces per set.
2013-14 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Sept. 2 - Jeannie Woller, Soccer
Sept. 9 - Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 16- Chuckie Keeton, Football
Sept. 23 - Elle Brainard, Volleyball
Sept. 30 - Tanner Higham, Golf
Oct. 7 - Sebastian Schneider, Men's Tennis
Oct. 14 - Seokwon Jeon, Golf
Oct. 21 - Joey DeMartino, Football
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