LOGAN, Utah – Utah State placekicker Nick Diaz has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week it was announced by the conference office Monday.
It is the first time this year and second time in his career that Diaz has been recognized by a conference office as he was also named the Western Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week once as a sophomore during the 2012 season.
Diaz becomes the third Aggie this year to receive Mountain West Player of the Week accolades as senior linebacker Zach Vigil has been named the conference’s defensive player of the week twice and sophomore quarterback Darell Garretson has received conference offensive player of the week honors once.
Diaz, a 5-8, 182-pound senior from Redondo Beach, Calif. (Redondo Union HS) scored 10 points in Utah State’s 34-20 home win against UNLV last weekend as he was 4-for-4 on extra points and 2-for-2 on field goals (27, 49), as his 49-yarder was a season-long. Diaz also tied Brad Bohn (19997-2000) for career extra point attempts in the game as both have 119.
Diaz is now 9-of-11 on the season and 36-of-47 in his career on field goals and has made his last six field goal attempts as he was 2-for-2 against Colorado State (25, 32) and 2-for-2 against Air Force (46, 35). In all, Diaz is now 4-of-5 this season and 15-of-19 in his career from 20-29 yards, 3-of-4 this season and 10-of-13 in his career from 30-39 yards, and 2-of-2 this season and 10-of-13 in his career from 40-49 yards.
For his career, Diaz ranks tied with Willie Beecher (1981-84) for fourth all-time in school history with 36 made field goals and ranks seventh all-time with his 47 field goal attempts, while his 76.6 career field goal percentage ranks second all-time at USU. Diaz also ranks first all-time in extra points made (115), tied for first in extra point attempts (119), sixth in extra point percentage (.966), and sixth in points scored (233).
This season, Diaz ranks third in the Mountain West and tied for 29th in the nation in field goal percentage (.818), tied for sixth in the MW and tied for 53rd in the nation in field goals (1.12 pg), and eighth in the MW in scoring among kickers (6.4).
Utah State (5-3, 2-1 MW) continues Mountain West play this weekend at Hawai’i (2-6, 1-2 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 9 p.m. (MT). The game will be televised throughout the Hawaiian Islands on Oceanic Pay-Per-View and live streaming will be available on the Mountain West Network. Live audio of the game is also available on www.UtahStateAggies.com. USU is 7-6 all-time against the Rainbow Warriors, including a 3-4 record, and has won each of the last two meetings in the series.
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