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Mountain West Connection Players of the Week: Week 0

Three Mountain West teams were in action

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AUG 28 Southern Utah at San Jose State Photo by Larry Placido/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

With the season underway, you will start to see some of our weekly posts. “Players of the Week” will be one of those. Typically I will take a variety of things into account before voting (especially during non-conference games). I will look at the quality of the opponent along with overall performance. I’m going to give a quarterback with 300 yards against a good Power 5 team the nod over a quarterback with 400 yards against an FCS foe. With that being said, week zero was a bit harder to do when the only team with a quality opponent got throttled. With that being said, here are my votes for players of the week.

Offensive Player of the Week

Nick Starkell (San Jose State)

You could give this award to Starkell or Haener, but Starkell came out of the gates strong while Haener had a slow start. The Southern Utah defense isn’t exactly Alabama. But 394 yards and four touchdowns is impressive against anybody. The Spartans will have a true test next week when they travel to Los Angeles to take on USC.

Defensive Player of the Week

Arron Mosby (Fresno State)

Mosby had a great strip-sack and had the quick reaction to return it for a touchdown. Mosby also added three tackles. It was a solid performance by the senior defensive end.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Matthew Shipley (Hawaii)

There weren’t really any impactful special teams performances in the three Mountain West games, so I decided to go with the most impressive kick. Shipley nailed a 48-yard attempt and an extra point.

Running Totals:

Fresno State: 1

Hawaii: 1

San Jose State: 1