Posted: Oct 5, 2010 12:11 AM
Updated: Oct 6, 2010 12:28 AM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Tim Jefferson, Jordan Waiwaiole and Jamil Cooks from Air Force, and Wyoming's Austin McCoy are the Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 2. Jefferson earns the Offensive Player of the Week honor, while Waiwaiole garners the Defensive Player award and Cooks and McCoy share Special Teams recognition. This marks the second career player of the week honor for both Jefferson and McCoy, and the first weekly accolade for both Cooks and Waiwaiole.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
TIM JEFFERSON, AIR FORCE
Junior, Quarterback, Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy
Tim Jefferson led Air Force to a 14-6 victory over Navy, rushing for a career-high tying two touchdowns to help the Falcons end a seven-game losing streak to the Midshipmen. The Atlanta, Ga., native rushed for 62 yards on 10 carries, while also completing 5-of-7 passes for 83 yards. With 4:18 remaining in the first quarter, Jefferson scampered for a personal-best 50-yard touchdown run to give Air Force a 7-0 lead. The Falcons held a one-point advantage early in the fourth quarter until Jefferson crossed the goal line for a second time to put Air Force ahead, 14-6, with a one-yard touchdown run. Jefferson also helped the Falcons move the ball through the air, as four of his five completions went for first downs, including three conversions on third down.
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
JORDAN WAIWAIOLE, AIR FORCE
Junior, Linebacker, Spring Lake, Minn./ Spring Lake Park HS
Jordan Waiwaiole recorded a career and team-high 15 tackles (eight solo stops), an interception and a sack in Air Force's 14-6 win over Navy. With the Midshipmen driving deep into Falcon territory with 25 seconds left in the game, Waiwaiole picked off quarterback Ricky Dobbs pass to seal the victory. Earlier in the fourth quarter, the Spring Lake, Minn., product recorded his second sack of the season, tackling Dobbs for a loss of 11 yards. Waiwaiole's 15 total tackles are the most by an Air Force player this season and doubled the junior linebacker's previous career high.
CO-SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
JAMIL COOKS, AIR FORCE
Freshman, Linebacker, Colorado Springs, Colo./Sierra HS
Jamil Cooks made two pivotal special teams plays to help Air Force improve to 4-1 on the year with a victory over Navy. On the Midshipmen's second drive of the game, Cooks leaped over the Navy offensive line and deflected Joe Buckley's 21-yard field goal attempt. Early in the fourth quarter, Cooks penetrated the Midshipmen line once again, this time blocking Kyle Delahooke's punt attempt. The ball was recovered by the Falcons at the Navy 15-yard line and Air Force found the end zone four plays later to take a 14-6 lead. Cooks is the first Falcon to block two kicks in a game since Robert Kraay blocked two point-after attempts vs. Notre Dame in 2006.
AUSTIN MCCOY, WYOMING
Junior, Punter, Winter Haven/Fla./Winter Haven HS
Austin McCoy helped Wyoming control the field-position battle in the Cowboys' 20-15 victory at Toledo on Saturday night, limiting the Rockets to zero return yards on eight punts. McCoy placed two punts inside the Toledo 10-yard line, at the 6 and 4-yard lines, respectively, and also forced the Rockets into two fair catches. McCoy's lone punt that was returned resulted in no gain. On the Cowboys' first possession of the second half, McCoy lined up to punt at Wyoming's own 42-yard line with the Cowboys facing fourth and 14. The Winter Haven, Fla., native executed a fake punt, hitting cornerback Marcell Gipson on a pass that resulted in a 34-yard gain and led to a Cowboy field goal that gave them a 20-0 lead. McCoy's longest punt of the evening was 49 yards. Overall, he averaged 37.4 yards on eight attempts.