Utah State’s Will Davis has been named College Sports Madness’ Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this month following his performance in Utah State’s 45-9 home win against Idaho on Saturday.
Davis also earned honorable mention national defensive back performer of the week honors from College Football Performance Awards following the Idaho game. It is the second time this year he has been honored by CFPA.
Georgia’s Bacarri Rambo, Middle Tennessee’s Kevin Byard and San Jose State’s Bene Benwikere all earned co-national performer of the week honors at defensive back from CFPA. Davis joined Eddie Lackey (Baylor), Keon Lyn (Syracuse), David Amerson (North Carolina State), Johnny Adams (Michigan State), Matt Elam (Florida), Chibuikem Okoro (Wake Forest), Adrian McDonald (Houston), Xavier Brewer (Clemson), Eric Eiland (Houston), Jonathan Dowling (Western Kentucky), Antone Exum (Virginia Tech), Lyle Dankenbring (UCF), Luke Wollet (Kent State), Sam Carter (TCU), Najja Johnson (Buffalo) and John Hardy-Tuliau (Hawaii) as honorable mention award winners.
Davis, a 6-foot-0, 186-pound senior defensive back from Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS/De Anza College), had four tackles (3-solo) and an interception against Idaho that he returned 59 yards for his first career touchdown, which is USU’s first pick-six since 2007.
Davis helped Utah State hold the Vandals to 210 yards of total offense.
Davis has now intercepted a pass in five-straight games for Utah State, marking the first time that feat has been accomplished since 1973. Davis’ five interceptions on the season are also the most by an Aggie since Terrence Washington also had five in 2003.
On the season, Davis leads the nation in passes defended (1.75 pg) and ranks second nationally in passes broken up (1.33 pg). Davis also ranks second in the WAC and tied for 11th in the nation in interceptions (0.42 pg) and tied for 39th in the WAC in tackles (4.7 pg).
Davis ranks first on the team in interceptions (5), passes broken up (16) and passes defended (21), and is eighth on the team with 56 tackles (39-solo), to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss and three quarterback hurries.
Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) just completed its most successful regular season in school history as it set single-season records for wins (10) and home wins (6), while recording its first outright league championship since 1936 and its 11th in school history, as it became the first team in USU history to post a 6-0 conference record.
The Aggies, who are ranked 20th in the nation in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 and 22nd in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll, will conclude their 2012 season at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT) against a team yet to be announced from the Mid-American Conference.
Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available online, by phone at (208) 426-4737 or at the Bronco Stadium ticket office.
Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.