Monday, December 5, 2011
Dykes named WAC Coach of the Year
By Andrea Adelson
Louisiana Tech coach Sonny Dykes was selected WAC Coach of the Year, and the Bulldogs led the league with seven first-team selections, the conference announced Monday.
Utah State running back Robert Turbin was selected Offensive Player of the Year, Louisiana Tech linebacker Adrien Cole earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, and Nevada quarterback Cody Fajardo was selected the Freshman of the Year.
Dykes earned his first WAC Coach of the Year award in just his second season as a head coach after leading Louisiana Tech to an 8-4 record and its second WAC title with a 6-1 mark. Louisiana Tech is playing in its first bowl game since 2008 and won its first WAC title since 2001.
Turbin ranks 10th in the nation in rushing with 118 yards per game and is fifth in scoring with 11.5 points per contest. Turbin has rushed for 1,416 yards and 19 touchdowns to help the Aggies make first bowl appearance since 1997. He also is the first Utah State player to win WAC Offensive Player of the Year honors.
Cole has 121 tackles this season, including 13 for a loss. He also has two sacks, one interception, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and three blocked kicks on the season. Cole is the first player from Louisiana Tech to win WAC Defensive Player of the Year honors.
Fajardo became the starting quarterback for the Wolf Pack in October and has thrown for 1,647 yards and six touchdowns while rushing for 680 yards and 11 more scores in nine games played. He is second in the WAC in passing efficiency with a 145.8 rating and is seventh in the WAC in rushing with 75.6 yards per contest. After a 1-3 start, Fajardo helped the Wolf Pack to a five-game winning streak that allowed them to make their seventh straight bowl appearance.
Here is the WAC first-team:
WR Jalen Saunders, Fresno State
WR Rishard Matthews, Nevada
WR Quinton Patton, Louisiana Tech
TE Ryan Otten, San Jose State
OL Bryce Harris, Fresno State
OL Stephen Warner, Louisiana Tech
OL Kris Cavitt, Louisiana Tech
OL Chris Barker, Nevada
OL Tyler Larsen, Utah State
OL Philip Gapelu, Utah State
QB Bryant Moniz, Hawaii
RB Robbie Rouse, Fresno State
RB Robert Turbin, Utah State
DL Logan Harrell, Fresno State
DL Matt Broha, Louisiana Tech
DL Brett Roy, Nevada
DL Travis Johnson, San Jose State
LB Travis Brown, Fresno State
LB Aaron Brown, Hawaii
LB Adrien Cole, Louisiana Tech
LB Bobby Wagner, Utah State
DB Terry Carter, Louisiana Tech
DB Isaiah Frey, Nevada
DB Donyae Coleman, New Mexico State
DB Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State
PK Kevin Goessling, Fresno State
P Ryan Allen, Louisiana Tech
ST Taveon Rogers, New Mexico State