Kyler Fackrell, Nick Diaz and Jake Thompson Earn College Football Performance Honors Following Hawai'i Game
Nov. 4, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football's Kyler Fackrell, Nick Diaz and Jake Thompson have each received national attention from College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) following the team's 47-10 win over Hawai'i this weekend as it was announced Monday.
Sophomore linebacker Fackrell was named the CFPA National Linebacker of the Week. Additionally, he was named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, along with being the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
Fackrell, a 6-5, 245-pounder from Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS) posted 9.0 tackles, including 0.5 for loss, and returned an interception 99 yards for his first career defensive touchdown in Utah State's 47-10 home win against Hawai'i last weekend. That 99-yard interception return by Fackrell ranks as the third-longest in Utah State and Mountain West history. Overall, it was Fackrell's first interception this year and fourth of his career.
On the season, Fackrell ranks first on the team in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (4.0), is tied for first in forced fumbles (2) and quarterback hurries (2), tied for second in fumbles recovered (1), and third in total tackles (59). Overall, Fackrell ranks eighth in the Mountain West in tackles for loss (1.06 pg), tied for ninth in sacks (0.44 pg), tied for ninth in fumbles forced (0.22 pg), and tied for 25th in tackles (6.6 pg).
Junior placekicker Nick Diaz (Redondo Beach, Calif.) received CFPA honorable mention Placekicker of the Week accolades as he was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts from 40, 32 and 32 yards and was a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points. Those three made field goals by Diaz are the second-most in a single-game in his career.
On the season, Diaz is now 12-of-16 on field goals including 3-of-4 from 30-39 yards, and 3-of-4 from 40-49 yards. For his career, Diaz is 22-of-29 on field goals, including 5-of-6 from 30-39 yards and 7-of-9 from 40-49 yards.
Virginia Tech's Cody Journell was named the CFPA Placekicker Performer of the Week, while Diaz shares the honorable mention title with Marvin Kloss (USF), Ty Long (UAB), Michael Geiger (Michigan State), Marshall Morgan (Georgia), Josh Lambert (West Virginia), Robert Stein (Akron) and Austin Taylor (FIU).
Freshman placekicker Jake Thompson (Logan, Utah) has been named a CFPA honorable mention Specialist of the Week as he made a 52-yard field goal on his first-ever attempt. Overall, that 52-yard field goal by Thompson is a school record by a freshman and tied for the 10th-longest in school history, while also ranking as the second-longest field goal by a freshman in the history of the Mountain West. Thompson also kicked off 10 times against the Rainbow Warriors and averaged 64.3 yards per kick with eight touchbacks.
Massachusetts' Brandon Levengood was named the CFPA Specialist of the Week while Michael Palardy (Tennessee), Niklas Sade (North Carolina State), Mike Meyer (Iowa), Devon Bell (Mississippi State), Jake Smith (Arizona) and Brian Davis (Arkansas State) joined Thompson in receiving honorable mention recognition.
The Aggies continue Mountain West action this weekend as they head to Las Vegas for its final road game of the season. The team will take on the Rebels of UNLV on Saturday, November 9. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m. (MT) with the game to be televised on ESPNU.
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