Sept. 11, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. - In addition to being named Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week and the national punt returner performer of the week by the College Football Performance Awards, Fresno State wide receiver and punt returner Isaiah Burse was announced on Wednesday as the SEVEN Magazine Las Vegas Bowl Mountain West Player of the Week.
Burse, a senior from Modesto, Calif., is a first-time recipient of the Las Vegas Bowl Mountain West Player of the Week award. The award, driven by fan vote, has recognized the exemplary on-field play within the two affiliated conferences for the Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12/Mountain West) for the past three years.
The awards have rolled in for Burse following his three touchdowns scored against Cal Poly last Saturday at Bulldog Stadium. Last weekend's performance was highlighted by two first half punt returns that he took home for six. The first was a 61-yarder in the first quarter and he added a 58-yarder in the second. Burse joined Steve Smith from Utah in 1999 and Dallas Davis from Colorado State, also in 1999, as the only other players in Mountain West history to return two punts for touchdowns in the same game.
As a wideout Burse caught a 15-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr in the first minute of the second quarter. He finished with four receptions for 43 yards. Saturday's output was the senior's first multi-TD performance of his Bulldog career.
With the announcement of Burse's award on Wednesday, it gives Fresno State both week one and week two awards. Derek Carr was the recipient of the opening week's honor following his performance against Rutgers.
About SEVEN Magazine Las Vegas Bowl Pac-12 and MW Player of the Week Awards
Nominated players will be selected the Sunday after the week's play and presented on the Las Vegas Bowl's official fan page (http://www.facebook.com/lvbowl) Monday morning with fan voting ending Wednesday at noon. Winners will be announced Wednesday afternoons. Two players, sans any ties, will be announced as their respective conference's SEVEN Magazine Las Vegas Bowl Player of the Week.
About the Las Vegas Bowl
The Las Vegas Bowl, which is owned and operated by ESPN Regional Television, is currently celebrating its 22nd year as the premier college sporting event in Las Vegas. The bowl has college football conference affiliations with both the Pac-12 and Mountain West. This year's game will kick off at 12:30 p.m. PT, Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013, at Sam Boyd Stadium and be televised on ABC-TV. To learn more about the Las Vegas Bowl please visit www.lvbowl.com. For tickets, please call (702) 732-3912.
"Catch the Wave" - 2013 Fresno State football season tickets are now on sale and can be ordered online at gobulldogs.com or over the phone at 559-278-DOGS (3647). The official home of the Fresno State Bulldogs is 940 AM ESPN Radio.
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