Nov. 23, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football player Bobby Wagner has been named the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 16-22, it was announced on Monday. The award is voted on by a state media panel.
Wagner, a sophomore linebacker from Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) tied a career-high and posted a team-best 13 tackles Friday night in USU's 52-21 loss to No. 6 Boise State. Wagner added one tackle for loss as part of his five solo and eight assisted tackles, which ties his career-high of 13 stops from the Texas A&M game. Wagner resumes his spot atop the WAC tackles leaders, now with 106 and 9.2 per game. The 106 give USU a 100-tackle linebacker for the third year in a row (Jake Hutton, 102 in 2007 and 110 in 2008).
This is Wagner's first America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week award this season, and he becomes the fourth different football player to earn the accolade and the fifth time that a football player has collected the honor.
Wagner and the Aggies (3-8, 2-5 WAC) will play their season finale on Saturday, Nov. 28 against Idaho (7-4, 4-3 WAC). Kickoff from Moscow, Idaho is set for 3 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised on Altitude/ESPN Regional.
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Nominees from other sports included:
MEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Jared Quayle (Perry, Utah) averaged 16.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in Utah State's road losses at Utah (68-67) and Northeastern (64-61) last weekend. Against the Utes, Quayle scored a career-high 27 points and tied his career-high with 11 rebounds as he notched his fourth-career double-double. Quayle was 8-of-14 from the field against Utah, made 5-of-7 three-pointers and all six of his free throws. Against the Huskies, Quayle scored six points and posted his fifth-career double-digit rebound game with 10 boards. For the week, Quayle shot 43.5 percent from the field (10-23), 60.0 percent from three-point range (6-10) and 87.5 percent from the free throw line (7-8).
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior center Lydia Whitehead (Nibley, Utah) averaged 13.5 points and 9.5 rebounds last week as Utah State defeated Portland (63-57) and lost to San Francisco (57-48) on the road. Whitehead had her first double-double of the season and her third of her career against USF with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Against Portland, she added 11 points and seven rebounds.
VOLLEYBALL - Junior middle blocker Katie Astle (Sandy, Utah) helped Utah State post a 1-1 record this past week as it lost to third-ranked Hawai'i (3-1) and defeated Nevada (3-1) at home to end the season. Against the Rainbow Wahine, Astle had eight kills and five block assists, and hit .412 (8-1-17) in the match. Against the Wolf Pack, she had nine kills and seven block assists, and hit .353 (9-3-17). For the week, Astle hit .382 (20-4-33) and averaged 2.12 kills and 1.50 blocks per set.
2009-10 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Aug. 31 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer
Sept. 7 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball
Sept. 14 - Liz McArthur, Volleyball
Sept. 21 - Diondre Borel, Football
Sept. 28 - Robert Turbin, Football
Oct. 5 - Benjamin Schilleman, Golf
Oct. 12 - Natalie Norris, Soccer
Oct. 19 - Emily Kortsen, Volleyball
Oct. 26 - Walter McClenton, Football
Nov. 2 - Brian McKenna, Cross Country
Nov. 9 - Diondre Borel, Football
Nov. 16 - Amber White, Women's Basketball
Nov. 23 - Bobby Wagner, Football
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