Skipper Named WAC Defensive Player of the Week

Sept. 25, 2000

DENVER - UTEP quarterback Rocky Perez, Fresno State linebacker Tim Skipper and Tulsa place kicker Chris Earnest were named the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.

Perez, a senior from San Antonio, Texas (Holmes HS), completed 18-of-31 passes for 265 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in UTEP's 39-7 win over Hawai'i. His touchdown passes went for 68, nine, five and 21 yards. Perez has thrown for more than 200 yards in each of the Miners' last three games, the first time a Miner quarterback has performed that feat since 1989.

Skipper, a senior from Kenner, La. (Bonnabel HS), made a season-high 12 tackles, including two for a loss, in Fresno State?s 17-3 win over California. He was instrumental in holding Cal to just 14 first downs and allowing it to convert just 4-of-18 third down possessions.

Earnest, a junior from Houston (Second Baptist HS), nailed all three of his field goal attempts for the second week in a row in a 22-10 win against future WAC member Louisiana Tech. The field goal distances were 37, 41 and 38 yards.

Other offensive nominees included senior wide receiver Rodney Wright, Fresno State, junior quarterback David Neill, Nevada, sophomore quarterback Casey Printers, TCU, and junior tailback Ken Bohanon, Tulsa.

On the defensive side, nominees included senior linebacker Anthony Smith, Hawai'i, freshman cornerback Humphrey Garrett, Nevada, junior linebacker Chad Bayer, TCU, senior right end Menson Holloway, UTEP, and junior free safety Harold Burgess, Tulsa.

Other special team nominations included senior place kicker Mike Phillips, Nevada, senior place kicker Chris Kaylakie, TCU, and senior place kicker Ricky Bishop, UTEP.



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