Nov. 7, 2000
DENVER - UTEP quarterback Rocky Perez, Rice linebacker Dan Dawson and Fresno State safety Terence Brown were named the offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Perez, a senior from San Antonio, Texas (Holmes HS), completed 20-of-35 passes for a career-high 323 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores in UTEPs 45-22 win at Nevada. The touchdown passes went for three and 43 yards. UTEP improved to 6-0 in the WAC, 7-2 overall.
Dawson, a junior from Bauxite, Ark. (Bauxite HS), picked off two passes against SMU to equal Rice's single-season record with seven interceptions on the year. Dawson returned the two interceptions for a school-record 113 yards including a 45-yard return for a touchdown. He also had five solo tackles in the game including one for a six-yard loss.
Brown, a senior from East Palo Alto, Calif. (Menlo-Atherton HS), blocked a field goal attempt that was returned by Dante Marsh 81 yards for a touchdown in Fresno States 45-27 win against Hawai'i. Brown also had two tackles on return coverage units.
Other offensive nominees included junior quarterback David Carr, Fresno State, senior running back James Fenderson, Hawaii, and senior running back Anthony Griffin, Rice.
On the defensive side, nominees included senior linebacker Trey Merkens, UTEP.
Special team nominations included junior place kicker Derek Crabtree, Rice, and sophomore
Neil Parry, San Jose State.
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