Nov. 13, 2000
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State wide receiver Aaron Jones was named co-Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Week for his record-setting efforts against Boise State it was announced today.
Jones, who shared the award with Boise State quarterback Bart Hendricks, earned the league honor for the third time this season. Jones previously was tabbed as the league's top offensive player against Southern Utah and shared the award with teammate Jose Fuentes in the game against Idaho.
Against Boise State, Jones hauled in 10 receptions for 297 yards and two touchdowns. The 297 yards were the 10th most in NCAA history, the third most in Big West Conference history, a school record, and the best day in the NCAA by a receiver this season. In addition, his 29.7 average per reception was a Big West record.
The day moved Jones into fifth in the country in receiving yards per game (106.7) and 19th in receptions per contest (6.0). Through 10 games this year, Jones has 60 receptions for 1,067 yards and 10 touchdowns. With one game to go (Saturday against Idaho State) the senior ranks 10th on the USU season reception list, seventh on the yardage list, and fifth on the receiving touchdown list.
On USU's career lists Jones ranks sixth in receptions with 142, fourth in receiving yards with 2,242 and third in touchdown receptions with 20.
Hendricks, Boise State's talented quarterback, completed 21-of-29 pass attempts for 381 yards and four touchdowns, while rushing for another 58 yards and one touchdown as the Broncos defeated Utah State 66-38.
Other league winners included Idaho's Dennis Gibbs, who helped Idaho post an overtime win against New Mexico State and earn him defensive honors, and Idaho placekicker Ben Davis, who was three-of-three on field goal attempts, including the overtime game-winner.
This year Utah State has had six players earn Big West Offensive Player of the Week honors (Jones three times, Emmett White two times and Jose Fuentes once), one defensive honoree (Brent Passey) and three special teams winners (Brad Bohn twice and Steve Mullins once).
Utah State, 5-5 on the season, will attempt to post a winning regular season record for the first time since 1997 in its season finale against Idaho State at Romney Stadium on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 3:05 p.m.
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