Beauchamp Tackles MWC Award
Sept. 29, 2008
LAS VEGAS - Another week, another UNLV player of the week.
Despite his team's loss to Nevada, Reno on Saturday, Rebel linebacker Jason Beauchamp (San Diego/Steele Canyon HS) has been named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week.
The junior, who is the first UNLV player not named Beau Bell to earn a defensive honor since All-American safety Jamaal Brimmer way back in 2004, turned in a near-record tackling performance in the Wolf Pack's 49-27 victory at Sam Boyd Stadium. Beauchamp finished with 21 total tackles (10 solo), which was just one off the school record set by DB Quincy Sanders at Air Force in 1999. Beauchamp's night included 2.5 tackles for loss, a quarterback sack and a recovered fumble that led to a UNLV touchdown and early 10-0 lead.
The linebacker entered Saturday's game averaging 8.0 tackles per game but now leads the MWC with 10.6, which ranks 13th nationally.
With Malo Taumua winning the special teams award on Sept. 15 and Omar Clayton taking home the offensive nod last week, this marks the first season since 2002 that UNLV boasted at least one winner in all three weekly categories.
San Diego State QB Ryan Lindley was this week's offensive winner while Utah P/PK Louie Sakoda and New Mexico PK James Aho shared the special teams honor.