Kohorst Kicks Way To Honors|
Oct. 14, 2013
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV senior placekicker Nolan Kohorst (Henderson, NV) has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week for the first time in his career, the league announced Monday. Kohorst was also one of three booters in the nation named a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week.
The graduate of Green Valley High School matched two school records while helping lead UNLV to a thrilling 39-37 victory over Hawai'I on Saturday night. Kohorst tied the Rebel record for kicking points in a game with 15 and for field goals made in a game by going 4-4. His season-long 44-yarder as time expired gave him his first game-winning kick and made it four consecutive victories for his team, which is tied for first place in the league's West Division at 2-0.
Kohorst, who needs 29 more points to become UNLV's all-time leading scorer, is the first Rebel kicker to earn the special teams award since Kyle Watson in 2008.
This is already the fifth time this season that a Rebel has earned a league award and the third for special teams as punter Logan Yunker won in back-to-back weeks last month. That represents the most MW nods for the program in a season since the Rebels were honored five times in 2008.
San Jose State quarterback David Fales earned MW Offensive Player of the Week while Utah State cornerback Nevin Lawson was tabbed for defense.
College football's top kicking award, the Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award presented by the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, recognizes three of the top kickers each week from FBS teams as the "Stars of the Week." Kohorst was joined this week by Memphis PK Jake Elliott and Tulane PK Cairo Santos.
Next up, the Rebels play at Fresno State on Saturday beginning at 7 p.m. The game will be streamed live online at www.unlvrebels.com.