Utah State’s Will Davis, Nick Diaz and Chuckie Keeton earned national honorable mention honors from College Football Performance Awards following the 41-7 Western Athletic Conference home win against New Mexico State this past weekend.
It is the first time this year Davis and Diaz have been honored by CFPA, while Keeton is being recognized for the second time in as many weeks.
Davis, a 6-foot-0, 186-pound senior cornerback from Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS/De Anza College), earned honorable mention defensive back of the week honors from CFPA as he had a season-high eight tackles, including a career-high two for loss. He also had his first career interception that he snared in New Mexico State's end zone and returned 35 yards. Davis also registered one pass breakup in the game.
Clemson’s Jonathan Meeks was named the national performer of the week at defensive back. Davis joined Bene Benwikere (San Jose State), A.J. Bouye (UCF), Dexter McCoil (Tulsa), David Amerson (N.C. State), Javon Harris (Oklahoma), Avery Patterson (Oregon), Marc Anthony (California), Phillip Thomas (Fresno State), Jamar Taylor (Boise State), D.J. Hayden (Houston), Kevin Johnson (Wake Forest), Justin Halley (FIU), Loucheiz Purifoy (Florida) and Jermaine Robinson (Toledo) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Davis ranks third in the WAC and tied for 11th in the nation in passes defended (1.62 pg) and tied for 36th in the WAC in tackles (4.8 pg). He is eighth on the team with 38 tackles (26-solo, 12-assist) to go along with 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception, one quarterback hurry and a team-best 12 pass breakups.
Diaz, a 5-7, 197-pound redshirt sophomore placekicker from Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Beach HS), earned honorable mention placekicker performer of the week honors as he was 5-of-5 on extra points and 2-of-3 on field goals against New Mexico State. Diaz made field goals of 53 and 48 yards, while his 44-yard attempt in the fourth quarter was blocked. The 53-yard field goal, which was his first-ever field goal attempt, was the eighth-longest in school history and USU’s longest since 2008.
TCU’s Jaden Oberkrom was named the national placekicker performer of the week. Diaz joined Ross Krautman (Syracuse), Brendan Gibbons (Michigan), Chance Marden (San Diego State), Casey Barth (North Carolina), Ross Martin (Duke), Zach Olen (North Texas), Chad Hedlund (Wake Forest), Dustin Hopkins (Florida State), Tony Miliano (Cincinnati), Aaron Jones (Baylor) and Michel Chapuseaux (South Alabama) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Diaz is a perfect 12-of-12 on extra points and 2-of-3 on field goals.
Keeton, a 6-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), earned honorable mention quarterbackperformer of the week honors as he was 16-of-26 passing for 257 yards with two touchdowns against New Mexico State, including a career-long 76-yard pass. Keeton also rushed seven times for 81 yards and tied his career high with two rushing touchdowns, to go along with a career-long 76-yard scoring run.
Kansas State’s Collin Klein, Texas Tech’s Seth Doege and USC’s Matt Barkley were all named national co-performers of the week at quarterback by CFPA. Keeton joined A.J. McCarron (Alabama), Aaron Murray (Georgia), Jeff Driskel (Florida), Taylor Martinez (Nebraska), Deon Anthony (Troy), Teddy Bridgewater (Louisville), Cody Fajardo (Nevada) and Kolton Browning (Louisiana-Monroe) as honorable mention award winners.
On the season, Keeton ranks second in the WAC and 19th in the nation in total offense (296.5 ypg), fourth in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in passing efficiency (151.2), fourth in the WAC and 37th in the nation in passing (251.9 ypg), and eighth in the WAC in rushing (44.6 ypg). He is 170-of-254 passing for 2,015 yards with 16 touchdowns and just four interceptions on the season as he is completing 66.9 percent of his passes. He has also rushed 80 times during the year for 357 yards and three touchdowns.
Utah State (6-2, 2-0 WAC) continues WAC play this week at UTSA (5-2, 1-1 WAC) on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 12 p.m. (MT). The game will be available to watch live on ESPN3.com.
Utah State has won seven-straight WAC games dating back to last season, including each of its last four on the road, and is off to its best start to a season since the 1978 team won seven of its first nine games. Overall, USU has now won 11 of its last 14 games.
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Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.