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
Courtesy Great West Football Conference