Oct. 27, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -
Max Hall (BYU), Jimmy Young (TCU) and Aaron Kirchoff and Ryan Harrison (Air Force) are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 26. Hall and Young share Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Kirchoff garners the Defensive Player award and Harrison receives Special Teams recognition. Hall collects his fourth career player of the week honor, while Harrison earns his third. This marks the first career weekly accolade each for Young and Kirchoff.
CO-OFFENSIVE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
MAX HALL, BYU
Junior, Quarterback, Mesa, Ariz./Arizona State
Max Hall converted 24-of-31 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns to lead No. 17 BYU to a 42-35 victory over UNLV. The junior from Mesa, Ariz., also had three rushes for 37 yards to give him 282 yards of total offense on the day. Hall got BYU off to a quick start in the first quarter, completing 8-of-8 passes for 86 yards and two touchdowns, giving the Cougars a 14-7 lead. In the fourth quarter, with BYU trailing 35-34 and just 6:40 left to play in the game, Hall marched the Cougars 74 yards in 11 plays for the go-ahead score, a 6-yard pass to Dennis Pitta with 1:47 remaining. On the next play, he connected with Harvey Unga on a 3-yard pass for the two-point conversion to give BYU what proved to be the game-winning margin.
JIMMY YOUNG, TCU
Sophomore, Wide Receiver, Monroe, La./Ouachita Parish HS
Jimmy Young caught five passes for three touchdowns and a school-record 226 yards in the Horned Frogs' 54-7 win over Wyoming. His 226 yards marked the best single-game receiving effort in the MWC this season and the sixth-best in the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Monroe, La., native's touchdown catches were from 60, 55 and 39 yards. Young, who averaged 45.2 yards per catch on the day, also had a 65-yard reception that led to a TCU touchdown two plays later.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AARON KIRCHOFF, AIR FORCE
Senior, Free Safety, Barrington, Ill./Barrington HS
Aaron Kirchoff registered four total tackles, including two solo stops, a pass breakup, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery for his first career touchdown in Air Force's 23-10 win over New Mexico. A senior free safety from Barrington, Ill., Kirchoff recorded the second-longest fumble recovery in Air Force history when he scooped up a Lobo fumble and ran it back 96 yards for the score. Kirchoff's recovery came with Air Force trailing 10-0 in the first quarter and New Mexico driving inside the Falcons' 10-yard line.
SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK
RYAN HARRISON, AIR FORCE
Senior, Punter/Kicker, Keller, Texas/Keller HS
Ryan Harrison matched his career-high with three field goals in Air Force's win over New Mexico. The Keller, Texas, native's first field goal of 30 yards tied the game at 10-10 in the second quarter, while his second kick of 43 yards made it a two-possession game early in the fourth period. His third field goal came from 32 yards to give him a 16-of-18 completion rate on the season. Harrison also recorded four punts for an average of 41.5 yards and six kickoffs for an average of 63.5 yards in the contest.