After helping lead Weber State to a share of the Big Sky title, senior cornerback Taron Johnson has been recognized by the Big Sky Conference. Johnson was named the ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the championship-clinching win over Idaho State on Saturday.
Johnson had two interceptions in leading the Wildcat defense to the 35-7 win. The win gave WSU a 7-1 conference record and a share of the Big Sky title.
Johnson had an interception in the first quarter, and then had another interception late in the second quarter and returned the ball 28 yards, which set up a Wildcat touchdown. It was the first game of his career he has had two interceptions.
This season, he has three interceptions and seven pass breakups. He ranks sixth in the Big Sky in both categories. He has also recorded 30 tackles with three tackles for loss and serves as a team captain this season for the Wildcats.
The Sacramento, California native has played in 44 career games at Weber State and is the school’s career leader in pass breakups with 40. He now has six career interceptions.
This is Johnson’s first Big Sky Player of the Week honor. He shared this week’s defensive honor with Montana State’s Mac Bignell.
Weber State is ranked eighth in the nation in this week’s FCS Coaches poll and 11th in the STATS poll. The Wildcats will host an FCS Playoff game for the first time in school history as WSU hosts Western Illinois on Saturday at 2 p.m., at Stewart Stadium. The Leathernecks are ranked ninth in the country in the STATS poll and 10th in the coaches poll.
Weber State football: Taron Johnson named Big Sky Player of the Week
Highlights from Weber State's win against Idaho State, 35-7, on Saturday to clinch a share of the Big Sky title.
Paul Grua is the Director of Athletic Communications at Weber State University.