RENO, Nev. – For the first time in his career, Nevada football junior punter Quinton Conaway has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week.
This is the second weekly conference award given to a Wolf Pack player this season. It comes after Nevada earned a 28-24 home win over San Diego State on Saturday, snapping the Aztecs six-game win streak and handing them their first conference loss of the season. Nevada has now won back-to-back games for the first time in the Jay Norvell era.
Conaway shined Saturday night, establishing career highs in punts (nine), punt yards (460) and punt average (51.1 yards per punt). He was an integral part in pinning the Aztecs deep in their own zone, notching four punts inside the 20-yard line. Additionally, five of Conaway’s nine punts went for 50 yards or more, with a long of 68, the second-longest of his career.
For his final punt of the game, with the Wolf Pack leading 28-24 with just over a minute remaining, Conaway pinned the Aztecs down at their own 1-yard line. Earlier in the game, one of his punts inside the 20 put SDSU at their own 2-yard line, which led to a safety. The safety got Nevada on the board and proved to be pivotal as it forced San Diego State to need a late touchdown instead of a field goal.
Conaway is in the midst of a career season with his punt average up to 44.3 yards per punt. He has had 12 punts go for more than 50 yards and 12 that have landed inside the 20-yard line.
Nevada is on a bye this week but returns to Mackay Stadium for the home finale Saturday, Nov. 10, to battle Colorado State. Call (775) 348-PACK or visit NevadaWolfPack.com for more information today!