DENVER – Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick, Boise State safety Jeron Johnson and Boise State kicker Kyle Brotzman were named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Kaepernick, a junior from Turlock, Calif. (Pittman HS), accounted for 408 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in Nevada’s 70-45 win over Idaho. Kaepernick rushed for 230 yards and four touchdowns (11, 61, 35, 75 yards) on 15 carries and was 13-of-21 for 178 yards with no interceptions and two more scores through the air. The 230 rushing yards were the 10th best by any player in the nation this year and the most by a quarterback.
Johnson, a junior from Compton, Calif. (Dominguez HS), intercepted two passes and recovered a fumble in Boise State’s 54-9 win at Hawai‘i. Two of the turnovers led to 10 points for the Broncos. He also broke up another pass and had a solo tackle in the game.
Brotzman, a junior from Meridian, Idaho (Meridian HS), accounted for 18 points in Boise State’s victory at Hawai‘i. He made a career-high four field goals and six extra points. The four field goals are the most made by any WAC player this year and tied for the seventh most in the nation. Brotzman also punted once for 72 yards, the longest punt by a WAC player this year.
Others nominated on offense: sophomore quarterback Kellen Moore, Boise State; junior running back Ryan Mathews, Fresno State; junior running back Seth Smith, New Mexico State; and sophomore wide receiver Stanley Morrison, Utah State.
Also nominated on defense: junior linebacker Ben Jacobs, Boise State; sophomore linebacker Jay Dudley, Louisiana Tech; sophomore linebacker James-Michael Johnson, Nevada; senior linebacker Ross Conner, New Mexico State; and sophomore safety Walter McClenton, Utah State.
Other special teams nominations included: senior punt returner Chastin West, Boise State; junior kick returner Phillip Livas, Louisiana Tech; junior kicker Ricky Drake, Nevada; and senior kicker Chris Ulinski, Utah State.