Utah State's Joey DeMartino and Bruce Natson Earn College Football Performance Awards Following New Mexico Win
Oct. 21, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Joey DeMartino and Bruce Natson both received national recognition from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) following USU's 45-10 Mountain West road win at New Mexico last weekend.
It is the second time DeMartiono has been honored by CFPA this year, while Natson is being recognized for the first time.
DeMartino, a 5-11, 200-pound senior running back from San Diego, Calif. (Mt. Carmel HS/Grossmont JC) earned honorable mention national running back performer of the week honors from CFPA as he had a career-high 185 yards of total offense and a career-best four touchdowns in Utah State's 45-10 Mountain West road win at New Mexico last weekend. 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, DeMartino 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) as he has carried the ball 86 times for 606 yards (7.0 ypc) with eight touchdowns. He also has nine receptions for 87 yards (9.7 ypr) with one touchdown.
Oregon's Byron Marshall was named the national running back performer of the week by CFPA, while DeMartino joined Ka'Deem Carey (Arizona), Michael Adkins (Colorado), Henry Josey (Missouri), Bronson Hill (Eastern Michigan), Carlos Hyde (Ohio State), Tyler Gaffney (Stanford), Fitzgerald Toussaint (Michigan), Kapri Bibbs (Colorado State), Tre Mason (Auburn), Branden Oliver (Buffalo), Isaac Bennett (Pittsburgh), Kenyan Drake (Alabama) and Jay Ajayi (Boise State) as honorable mention award winners.
Natson, a 5-7, 151-pound wide receiver/punt returner from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Boyd Andersen HS) earned national punt returner performer of the week honors from CFPA as he returned a career-high five punts for a career-best 102 yards against New Mexico last weekend, including his first career touchdown on a 65-yard punt return just before the half to give USU a 31-3 halftime advantage. Natson, who also had punt returns of 15, 11 and nine yards against the Lobos, is the first Aggie to return a punt for a touchdown since 2007 when Kevin Robinson returned a 70-yard punt for a score against Nevada.
On the season, Natson ranks fourth in the Mountain West and 33rd in the nation with an aveage of 9.1 yards per punt return as he has returned 18 punts for 163 yards.
Joining Natson as national punt returner performers of the week are Josh Stewart (Oklahoma State) and Levi Norwood (Baylor), while Travis Carrie (Ohio) earned CFPA honorable mention honors.
Utah State (4-4, 3-1 MW) has a bye this week and returns to action on Saturday, Nov. 2 when it hosts Hawai'i (0-6, 0-4 MW) in a Mountain West game at 2 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network (Comcast Ch. 269/753HD, Dish Network Ch. 158, DirecTV Ch. 221).
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