Berrian Honored as WAC Football's Special Teams Player of the Week
Oct. 16, 2000
DENVER - Tulsa wide receiver Donald Shoals, Hawai'i linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa and Fresno State punt returner Bernard Berrian were named the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Shoals, a junior from Enid, Oklahoma (Fort Scott CC), caught 11 passes for 271 yards and two touchdowns at New Mexico State. The receiving total is the third highest in both WAC and Tulsa history. His two touchdowns came on passes of 11 and 76 yards. The performance marked Tulsa?s first 200-plus receiving game since 1993.
Tinoisamoa, a sophomore from Vista, Calif. (Vista HS), tallied 10 tackles, nine of which were solo, in Hawai'i's 30-15 win over SMU. He had four tackles for a loss of 22 yards, including three sacks for 18 yards. Tinoisamoa also forced a fumble late in the fourth quarter that helped put the game away for the Warriors.
Berrian, a sophomore from Winton, Calif. (Atwater HS), filled in for injured return specialists Rodney Wright and Charles Smith and returned three punts for 97 yards, including one for an 88-yard touchdown, the longest ever by a Fresno State player in Bulldog Stadium. It was the first punt return for a touchdown by Fresno State since 1998.
Other offensive nominees included sophomore receiver Bernard Berrian, Fresno State, freshman quarterback Timmy Chang, Hawai'i, senior tailback Deonce Whitaker, San Jose State, and senior quarterback Rocky Perez, UTEP.
On the defensive side, nominees included junior tackle Alan Harper, Fresno State, and senior linebacker Trey Merkens, UTEP.
Other special team nominations included freshman punter Mat