LOGAN, Utah – Utah State junior linebacker David Woodward and junior wide receiver/kick returner Savon Scarver have been named the Mountain West Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week, respectively, it was announced Monday by the league office.
It is the first time in both of their careers that Woodward and Scarver have earned conference player of the week accolades. Overall, these are the Aggies’ 27th and 28th weekly honors in their seventh season in the league.
In Utah State’s 34-24 Homecoming victory over Colorado State last Saturday night, Woodward had a game-best 14 tackles, two forced fumbles and a fumble recovery that he returned eight yards for a touchdown. Overall, it was his third double-digit tackle outing of the season and the 12th of his career. He has now forced four fumbles this season and six in his career.
With the Aggies nursing a 27-24 lead, the Rams got the ball back on their own 4-yard line with 9:42 to go in the game following a punt. On the first play of the drive, CSU running back Marvin Kinsey Jr. gained four yards before being stood up at the 8, where Woodward stripped the ball and returned it for his second-career touchdown.
On the season, the 6-foot-2, 235-pound native of Olympia, Wash., leads the nation in forced fumbles with four (1.0 pg), is second in the MW and third in the nation in tackles (13.8 pg), and second in the MW and 25th in the nation in fumbles recovered with one (0.25 pg).
CSU scored the first points of the game midway through the first quarter, but Scarver quickly answered back for Utah State as he caught the ensuing kickoff eight yards deep in the end zone and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown. It was Scarver’s fourth-career kickoff return for touchdown, which tied the school record previously set by Kevin Robinson (2004-07).
The 5-foot-11, 180-pound native of Las Vegas, Nev., now ranks third all-time in Mountain West history with his four kickoff returns for touchdowns. Scarver’s feat against CSU is tied for the third-longest in school history and marks the 22nd time in MW history that a kickoff has been returned 100 yards.
Of his four kickoff returns for touchdowns, two have been from 100 yards, while the others were from 99 and 96 yards, respectively.
On the season, Scarver leads the nation in kickoff returns with an average of 41.4 yards per return as he has returned five kickoffs for 207 yards. For his career, Scarver has returned 53 kickoffs for 1,574 yards and that average of 29.7 yards per return ranks second all-time in school history.
Woodward, Scarver and the rest of the Aggies (3-1, 2-0 MW) will step out of conference play this weekend when they travel to Baton Rouge, La., to face fifth-ranked LSU (4-0, 1-0 SEC) on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Tiger Stadium. The game, which will be televised nationally on the SEC Network (Xfinity 286, Dish Network 404 DirecTV 661), will kick off at 10 a.m. (MT).