Keith Johnson, Deseret News
LOGAN — Utah State linebacker Bobby Wagner was named the WAC Defensive Player of the Week last week for his 17-tackle performance against New Mexico State.
"I would like to thank my coaches and teammates," Wagner said. "It is an honor to be named WAC Defensive Player of the Week, and I want to give thanks to them. I owe a lot of my success to my coaches and teammates, they are the reason I am the player that I am. I give all the credit to them."
Wagner is averaging 11.67 tackles per game so far this season which ranks second in the WAC, trailing Hawaii's Parker Paredes at 11.8 tackles per game. Nationally, Wagner ranks fourth in tackles per game. Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly leads the nation at 13.89.
"He has done a tremendous job of being a better leader on and off the field," head coach Gary Andersen said. "I also believe that he plays with better effort than he did a year ago, and I attribute that to comfort in the defensive scheme. I am very proud of him. His leadership skills have developed this past year. He is a captain this year, and I expect him to be a captain next year also."
Aggie wide receiver Eric Moats echoed the sentiments.
"The worst part of practice for me is going one-on-one against Bobby," Moats said. "He is one of those people who has a knack for football; he is smart, athletic, and very talented. On any given play he can change the game and swing the momentum in our favor. He is very versatile and can make a play in any position on the field. He is a great player, and I think he will be playing for a long time, not only on Saturdays, but Sundays as well."
BARTLETT OUT: Tight end Kellen Bartlett is likely done for the season after dislocating his elbow during Saturday's game against New Mexico State.
"He is most likely done," Andersen said. "He will be OK for spring ball, but not till then. He had an elbow that popped out. I don't know exactly what it was but he will be out for a while. It's too bad, he is a tough kid, and I know he was a huge part of the gameplan walking in."
Bartlett was coming off a career best day of five catches for 121 yards against Nevada the previous week and figured to be a big part of upcoming offensive schemes with his ability to play in the slot receiver position.
NFL PLAYERS VISIT LOGAN: There were celebrity sightings on the New Mexico State sideline on Saturday when NFL players Chris Johnson of the Titans and Mike Sims-Walker of the Jaguars showed up to support their old high school teammate and friend New Mexico State RB Kenny Turner.
"I didn't find out until I hit someone on the NMSU sideline and I didn't recognize him at first but then I asked one of their players if that was Chris Johnson," Wagner said. "After that moment my focus was back to the game. Chris is one of my favorite offensive players in the NFL, but I was focused on the game and had work to do. I like him as a player, he always runs the ball hard, and I hope that I get to tackle him one day."
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