Oct. 23, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Three Utah State football players were honored by the Big West Conference as player of the week selections it was announced today by the league office. Wide receiver Aaron Jones and quarterback Jose Fuentes shared offensive honors and punter Steve Mullins received the special teams player award.
Jones and Fuentes were part of USU's outstanding offensive performance against Idaho on Saturday as the Aggies defeated the Vandals 31-14. Jones caught eight passes for 233 yards, the third best yardage total in school history and just 10 yards shy of USU's single-game record. Jones averaged 29.1 yards per reception and scored one touchdown. He recorded his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and seventh of his career.
Fuentes threw for 421 yards, the fourth-best mark in school history. He connected on two touchdown passes and caught a touchdown pass as well. In doing so, he became the first Aggie quarterback to record a touchdown reception since Matt Wells caught a touchdown pass against New Mexico State in 1994.
On the day Fuentes completed 19-of-35 passes. In the last three game he has completed 61-of-104 attempts for 781 yards, while throwing just one interception.
Mullins was an extremely effective weapon in the game as well as five of his seven punts were placed inside the 20-yard line, putting Idaho's offense in difficult field position all day. Mullins boomed three punts 50 or more yards, including a 62-yarder, his fourth 60-yard punt of the season. On the day he averaged 44.1 yards per punt and improved his season average to 41.8 yards.
Jones earned the player of the week honors for the second time in his career as he was named by the league office after his performance against Southern Utah on Sept. 9, 2000. Fuentes and Mullins are both first time winners of the weekly award. Earlier this season, in addition to Jones, USU's Brent Passey won the defensive award against Utah and Brad Bohn won the special teams award against Arizona State.
Passey was USU's defensive nominee this week after recording 11 total tackles, including three tackles for loss, a sack and one pass broken up. The defensive honor however, went to Boise State safety Quintin Mikell, who was instrumental in leading Boise State to its first shutout in 13 years as the Broncos defeated North Texas 59-0. Mikell was credited with nine tackles and one pass broken up.
The Aggies, now 2-0 in conference play and 3-4 overall, will host Arkansas State (0-2, 0-8) on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 3:05 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the USU Ticket Office toll free at 1-888-U-STATE-1 or (435) 797-0305.
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