Watson Boots Way To Award|
Nov. 17, 2008
LAS VEGAS - UNLV football has earned the Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week honor for the second consecutive week as junior place-kicker Kyle Watson was tabbed after enjoying a career night in the Rebels' 22-14 victory over Wyoming last Thursday.
The former transfer from Texas Southern scored 10 of UNLV's points, including keeping his team in the game early with three first-half field goals. Watson got the Rebels on the board first with a career-long 38-yarder in the first quarter. After the Cowboys got into the end zone to take a 7-3 lead, Watson booted a 36-yarder and then another 38-yard field goal in the second period to boost the hosts to a slim 9-7 lead at halftime. He then made his only extra-point attempt in the fourth quarter to improve to a perfect 32-32 on the year in that category. Watson also upped his field goal numbers to 7-8 on the year, with his only miss coming from 45 yards out.
This marked the third time in 2008 and 15th time in history that a Rebel has won a MWC weekly honor for special teams. BYU quarterback Max Hall won this week's offensive award while Utah DB Deshawn Richard was the pick on defense.