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Monday, November 20, 2006

WAC Defensive Player of the Week: Melila Purcell

DENVER – Boise State quarterback Jared Zabransky, Hawai‘i defensive end Melila Purcell and Nevada punt returner De’Angelo Wilson 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), made eight tackles (7 solo),
including 3.5 for a loss of 10 yards and forced a fumble that led to a touchdown in the second half of the 51-17 win over San Jose State. He had 2.5 sacks and was also credited with four quarterback hurries.

Others nominated on offense: junior running back Dwayne Wright, Fresno State; junior quarterback Colt Brennan, Hawai‘i; and sophomore running back Luke Lippincott, Nevada.

Also nominated on defense: senior linebacker Korey Hall, Boise State; sophomore linebacker Joshua Mauga, Nevada; and freshman linebacker Paul Igboeli, Utah State.

Other special teams nominations: senior punter Kyle Stringer, Boise State; and junior kicker Clint Stitser, Fresno State.

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