Rodrigues earns back to back Big Sky Player of the Week


FARMINGTON, Utah (Sept. 13, 2021) – Hunter Rodrigues was named the ROOT SPORTS Offensive Player of the Week, for the second-straight week, as the UC Davis quarterback continued his stellar start to the 2021 season. David Hoage and Trent Tompkins were honored for their efforts as well, earning Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week laurels respectively.

Rodrigues wins his second weekly honor of the young season, after the quarterback threw a career-high 322 yards passing in the 53-7 victory at San Diego this past Saturday. Rodrigues tossed four touchdowns, while running one in on the ground, to keep his touchdown-to-interception ratio at a perfect 5-0 for the season. 

UNC’s Hoage earned his first Defensive Player of the Week honor after wreaking havoc for the Bears in their 45-13 win at Houston Baptist. The sophomore had eight tackles, four for loss, three sacks, three quarterback hurries and recovered two fumbles. All five stats listed were career highs for the Denver native. 

Tompkins did a little bit of everything for UC Davis this past Saturday, as the redshirt freshman returned an 85-yard punt return for a touchdown, ran for 15 yards and another score, while also catching four passes for 52 yards. The 85-yard punt return score is the longest in the FCS so far this season. The quarterback also converted a pair of two-point conversions for the Aggies in the 53-7 victory over San Diego.

Others Nominated
Stacy Chukwumezie (NAU), Pierre Williams (Sac State), Beau Kelly (PSU), Cam Humphrey (Montana), Dennis Merritt (EWU), Dontae McMillan (WSU), Gene Sledge Jr. (UNC), Hayden Hatten (Idaho), Lance McCutcheon (MSU)
Def: Nick Eaton (UC Davis), Carson Taylor (NAU), Cameron Broussard (Sac State), VJ Malo (PSU), Daniel Hardy (MSU), Patrick O’Connell (Montana), Ty Graham (EWU), George Tarlas (WSU), Charles Akanno (Idaho)
ST: Malik Flowers (Montana), Rashid Shaheed (WSU), Kyle Sentkowski (Sac State), Seth Vernon (PSU), Seth Harrison (EWU), Ben Raybon (UNC)

Past ROOT SPORTS Player of the Week Honorees
Off: Justin Miller, Southern Utah (Aug. 30); Eric Barriere/Hunter Rodrigues, EWU/UC Davis (Sept. 6)
Def: Kobe Singleton, Southern Utah (Aug. 30); Marcus Welnel, Montana (Sept. 6)
ST: Jake Gerardi, Southern Utah (Aug. 30); Isaiah Gomez/Brian Buschini, UC Davis/Montana (Sept. 6)

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