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Johnson earns MWC Player of the Week

Johnson rushed for 191 yards and had four catches for 21 yards on Saturday vs. UNLV

Johnson rushed for 191 yards and had four catches for 21 yards on Saturday vs. UNLV

Oct. 6, 2008

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.Gartrell Johnson (Colorado State), Marcus Jackson (TCU) and Mike Wright and Louie Sakoda (Utah) are Mountain West Conference Players of the Week for games through Oct. 5. Johnson and Jackson share Offensive Player of the Week honors, while Wright garners the Defensive Player award and Sakoda earns Special Teams recognition. Sakoda collects his 10th career player of the week honor, while Johnson and Jackson each claim their second career weekly accolade. This marks the first career weekly award for Wright.

Gartrell Johnson, COLORADO STATE
Senior, Running Back, Miami Springs, Fla./Miami Springs HS
Gartrell Johnson registered career-highs of 33 carries and 191 rushing yards in Colorado State’s 41-28 win over UNLV. The senior running back also matched a career-best with three touchdowns in the contest, including a 10-yard score late in the fourth quarter that capped off a game-winning drive in which Johnson had nine carries for 49 yards. Johnson added a rush for the two-point conversion to give the Rams a 35-28 lead with nine seconds left to play. The senior from Miami Springs, Fla., also had four catches for 21 yards to finish with a career-high 212 yards of total offense.

Junior, Quarterback, Houston, Texas/Westside HS
Marcus Jackson recorded 246 yards of total offense and three touchdowns in helping TCU to a 41-7 win over San Diego State. Making only his second career start in place of an injured Andy Dalton, Jackson rushed for a career-high 131 yards and two touchdowns in the contest. He completed 10-of-19 passes for an additional 115 yards and another TD. The junior from Houston, Texas, posted his second 100-yard rushing effort in three games while directing a Horned Frogs offense that held the ball for 43:29 against the Aztecs.



Junior, Linebacker, Bountiful, Utah/Southern Utah
Mike Wright collected a career-high 15 tackles with five solo stops to help Utah’s defensive effort in a 31-28 win over Oregon State. A junior from Bountiful, Utah, Wright also had a 9-yard sack and two pass breakups in the contest, including a fourth-quarter breakup that came with OSU facing third and seven on the Utah 34-yard line, resulting in a Beaver punt. Wright also registered a second-down sack and assisted with a third-down tackle that forced OSU to settle for a field goal on its game-opening drive.

Senior, Punter/Place Kicker, San Jose, Calif./Branham HS
Louie Sakoda kicked a 37-yard field goal as time expired, lifting Utah to a 31-28 victory over Oregon State. The senior from San Jose, Calif., added two PATs and finished the game a perfect 3-of-3 in field goals with kicks from 33, 28 and 37 yards to improve his season mark to 11-of-11 in field goals from 47 yards or less. Sakoda also averaged 44.5 yards on six punts with a long of 58. He set the school record for career punt yards (8,729) in the game, breaking a mark set back in 1969.


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