Utah State’s Will Davis has been named the Western Athletic Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week; it was announced Monday by the league office following his performance in Utah State’s 38-7 home win against Texas State on Saturday afternoon.
Davis was also named College Sports Madness’ Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Sunday.
Davis becomes the sixth Aggie this year to earn WAC Player of the Week honors joining sophomore quarterback Chuckie Keeton (9/10, 10/1, 10/29), senior punter Tyler Bennett (9/10), senior running back Kerwynn Williams (9/24), redshirt freshman linebacker Kyler Fackrell (10/8, 10/15) and redshirt sophomore placekicker Nick Diaz (10/22). It is Davis' first career WAC honor.
Against Texas State, Davis helped Utah State hold the Bobcats to a season-low 158 yards of total offense. TSU’s 76 passing yards are the fewest allowed by an Aggie defense since the 2000 season.
Davis, a 6-foot-0, 186-pound senior defensive back from Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS/De Anza College), had five tackles, one pass breakup and one quarterback hurry against Texas State. He also had his third interception for the season.
Davis currently ranks second in the WAC and tied for sixth in the nation in passes defended (1.70 pg), sixth in the WAC and tied for 67th in the nation in interceptions (0.30 pg), and 39th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg).
Davis ranks first on the team in interceptions (3) and passes defended (14) and is eighth on the team with 47 tackles (33-solo). He also has three quarterback hurries.
Utah State (8-2, 4-0 WAC) is off to its best start to a season since the 1974 team also won eight of its first 10 games, while its 4-0 league record is its best since the 2000 team won its first four Big West Conference games.
Utah State has won a school-record nine-straight WAC games dating back to last season and is 13-3 in its last 16 games.
Utah State will have its only bye of the season this week. The Aggies then play their final road game of 2012 at nationally ranked Louisiana Tech (8-1, 3-0 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 2 p.m. (MT).
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.