Conference names players of week

Updated: October 6, 2003, 8:17 PM ET

OGDEN, Utah -- Northern Arizona dominates the Big Sky Conference player-of-the-week list after the Lumberjacks' 48-29 victory over Weber State.

Quarterback Jason Murrietta made 24-of-34 passes for 340 yards and five touchdowns to claim offensive player honors. It's the second time this season the true freshman from Glendale, Ariz., was named player of the week. Murrietta had career highs in completions, passing yards and touchdowns in Saturday's game.

Northern Arizona safety Jeremy Thornburg had eight tackles and two interceptions. The senior from Cathedral City, Calif., leads the team with 36 tackles this season and is tied for the league lead in interceptions with two.

Defensive back Shannon Butler was one of two special teams players of the week. The senior from Tallahassee, Fla., blocked two punts in the game, including one recovered on the Wildcats' 18-yardline that set up Northern Arizona's first touchdown.

Butler shares special teams honors with Idaho State returner Emery Beckles. The Compton, Calif., senior had four punt returns for 98 yards and three kickoff returns that totaled 58 yards in the Bengals' 55-52 double overtime victory over Eastern Washington.

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