de Graaff And Benjamin Garner All-GWFC Weekly Honors

Nolan de Graaff was named the GWFC Defensive Player of the Week. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
Nolan de Graaff was named the GWFC Defensive Player of the Week.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

Oct. 16, 2005

DAVIS, Calif. - Two players each from UC Davis and Southern Utah have earned Great West Football Conference player of the week honors for their performances in games on Saturday, Oct. 15.

Southern Utah quarterback Zac Connors and wide receiver Jerome Eason share offensive player of the week honors while UC Davis outside linebacker Nolan de Graaff earned defensive player of the week honors. UC Davis placekicker Emmanuel Benjamin was named special teams player of the week.

In the only game involving Great West Football Conference teams Saturday, UC Davis defeated Southern Utah 33-21 in Davis. Cal Poly, North Dakota State, Northern Colorado and South Dakota State had byes.

This Saturday¹s schedule includes a pair of Great West Football Conference games -- Northern Colorado (2-3, 0-1) at Southern Utah (0-5, 0-1) and UC Davis (3-3, 1-1) at North Dakota State (4-2, 0-1). South Dakota State (3-3, 1-1) hosts Missouri-Rolla for a non-conference game Saturday while Cal Poly (5-1, 3-0) plays at Montana.

Connors (5-11, 185, Sr., Clayton, CA) relieved starter Wes Marshall in the second half and completed 13 of 19 passes for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns in Southern Utah's loss at UC Davis. Connors, who was not sacked, also rushed for 22 yards on four carries.

Eason (6-3, 215, Sr., Lancaster, CA) caught seven passes for 91 yards and a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns in Southern Utah's loss at UC Davis. Eason's touchdown catches from reserve quarterback Zac Connors spanned 23 and 4 yards, cutting into the Aggies¹ 33-7 advantage.

de Graaff (6-3, 225, Sr., Granite Bay, CA) finished Saturday's game against Southern Utah with a game-high 10 total tackles, including a game-high seven solo. One of his tackles was a 6-yard sack. de Graaff, who played tight end in his Aggie career prior to switching to the defensive side for his senior season, was part of an Aggie defense which did not allow an offensive touchdown by Southern Utah until the fourth quarter.

Benjamin (5-10, 195, So., Modesto, CA) tied a school-record with four field goals in the Aggies¹ win against Southern Utah. Benjamin connected from 28 and 38 yards in the first half and then added a 19-yarder in the third quarter before hitting from a career-best 40 yards in the fourth. The school record of four field goals was last achieved in 1997. The field goals were the first of the year for UC Davis. Benjamin also made all of his three PAT attempts.

Courtesy Great West Football Conference