WAC Football Players of the Week
DENVER – Boise State running back Ian Johnson, Hawai‘i defensive end Melila Purcell and Hawai‘i kick returner Ross Dickerson were named the Western Athletic Conference offensive, defensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.
Purcell, a senior from Pago Pago, American Samoa (Leone HS), recorded seven tackles (5 solo), including three for a loss – two of which were sacks – in the win at New Mexico State. He also forced two fumbles including one that was picked up by a teammate and returned 20 yards for a touchdown.
Dickerson, a senior from Waipahu, O‘ahu (St. Louis School), returned four kickoffs for 158 yards, including a long of 64, in the win over the Aggies. The Warriors scored touchdowns after three of the four returns while driving to the New Mexico State one-yard line before fumbling on the fourth return. Dickerson finished the game with 283 all-purpose yards after also catching six passes for 125 yards and two touchdowns.