LOGAN, Utah – Utah State redshirt junior linebacker Eric Munoz and senior placekicker Dominik Eberle were named the Mountain West co-Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively, it was announced Monday by the league office.
It is the first time this year and first time in his career that Munoz has earned conference player of the week accolades. For Eberle, it is the second straight week, third time this season and fifth time in his career that he has garnered league player of the week honors. Overall, these are the Aggies’ 30th and 31st weekly honors in their seventh season in the league.
Eberle’s five total Mountain West Player of the Week honors are the second-most in school history by a special teams player, trailing Brad Bohn (1997-2000), who was named the Big West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week seven times.
Munoz was also named the College Sports Madness Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week following his performance in the Aggies’ 26-21 win against Wyoming this past Saturday on Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium.
The native of Belvidere, Ill., intercepted a pass by Wyoming quarterback Tyler Vander Waal with just over a minute remaining in the fourth quarter to seal Utah State’s hard-fought victory.
It was Munoz’s second interception of the game. He returned the first one 51 yards to the Wyoming 2-yard line, setting up a 23-yard field goal by senior placekicker Dominik Eberle that gave the Aggies a 26-14 lead with 11:11 remaining in the game.
Munoz, who walked on at Utah State, also had a career- and game-high 13 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, and one quarterback hurry. The 6-foot, 230-pounder entered the game against Wyoming having played in just three games this season and seven in his career, recording three tackles this year and nine in his career.
Eberle was 4-of-5 on field goal attempts and scored 14 points against the Cowboys. He made field goals from 47, 44, 26 and 23 yards, respectively, while his lone miss was from 50 yards.
With his four made field goals last weekend, Eberle set both the Utah State and Mountain West record for field goals made in a career as he is now 61-of-78. The previous school record of 59 made field goals was by Brad Bohn (1997-2000), while the previous MW record of 57 was previously set by Utah’s Louis Sakoda (2005-08).
Eberle extended his school record of points scored in a career to 337 following his 14-point outing against the Cowboys. The native of Nuremberg, Germany, is also tied with Colorado State’s Wyatt Bryan (2015-18) for the fourth-most points scored in Mountain West history. TCU’s Ross Evans (2008-11) holds the league record with 407 career points scored.
Utah State (6-4, 5-1 Mountain West) is back at home this weekend when the Aggies host No. 18 Boise State (9-1, 6-0 MW) on Saturday, Nov. 23, for Senior Night. The Mountain Division showdown, which will be televised nationally on the CBS Sports Network, is slated to kick off at 8:30 p.m.