Kelly Poppinga was named the MWC Defensive Player of the Week recording a career-high 17 tackles Saturday against TCU. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature highlights the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Kelly Poppinga -- Football -- Senior -- Evanston, Wyo.
Senior linebacker Kelly Poppinga has been named the Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week after recording a career-high 17 tackles in the Cougars' 27-22 win over TCU on Thursday. Poppinga's performance marked the most number of tackles by a BYU defender in a single game since Rob Morris registered 17 tackles against San Diego State during the 1998 season. Overall, the Evanston, Wyo., native was credited with seven solo and 10 assisted takedowns, a four-yard tackle for loss, a QB hurry and a 22-yard interception.
Poppinga was most effective against the TCU rushing attack, recording 11 tackles on plays that had a net gain of five yards or less. (Nine stops were for four yards or less and six tackles were for three yards or less.) Poppinga leads the Cougars with 77 tackles, including 32 stops in the last two games.
Lee Cummard -- Men's Basketball -- Junior -- Mesa, Ariz.
Junior guard Lee Cummard led BYU to a runaway 74-34 win over reigning Big West Champion Long Beach State at the Walter Pyramid in Long Beach, Calif. Cummard helped BYU take quick control of the game by hitting his first three shots and assisting another Cougar bucket during the team's first seven possessions. BYU scored the first 10 points of the game and never looked back. Cummard scored four of the Cougars' first five points and six of their first 12. He finished with a game-high 15 points and nearly achieved a double-double by adding nine boards to share team-high honors with sophomore Jonathan Tavernari. He also contributed two assists and a steal while shooting 6-of-12 from the floor and 2-for-3 at the free-throw line.
Rachel Dyer -- Women's Volleyball -- Senior-- Junior -- Encinitas, Calif.
BYU middle blocker Rachel Dyer had another solid outing for the Cougars as she helped BYU sweep Utah for the first time since 2001 and earn a season sweep of the Utes for the first time since 1999. Dyer posted 13 kills with only one error for a .571 attack percentage, her fourth straight match with double-digit kills and her 10th match of the year hitting .500 or above. The Encinitas, Calif., native also added four digs, three blocks, two aces and two assists in the match. Her serving proved big for BYU as she served seven straight points with the Cougars trailing 10-8 in game two, giving BYU a 15-10 lead it would not relinquish. On the season, Dyer leads the MWC and ranks seventh in the nation in hitting percentage while ranking fifth in the league in blocks.
Katie Fellows -- Soccer -- Junior -- Sandy, Utah
In a hard-fought championship game, BYU defeated UNLV with an unassisted goal from MWC Tournament MVP Katie Fellows and an own goal off of a Rebel defender in a play initiated by Fellows as well. Fellows' goal was her third of the season, and it gave her team its first conference championship since 2002 and an automatic berth into the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Rachel Grant -- Women's Swimming -- Freshman -- Walnut, Calif.
Rachel won three individual events this past week as BYU squared off with UNLV. Her 200 butterfly of 2:01.86 is a new school record at altitude and is a new Richards Building pool record. Rachel has set the also recorded the best time in the MWC this season in her three events-- 200 fly, 100 fly and 200 IM. In the 100 fly she touched the wall in a time of 56.83 and in the 200 IM she swam a time of 2:05.68.
Jorge Azevedo -- Men's Swimming -- Senior -- Guaratingueta, Brazil
Jorge Azevedo helped BYU upset the nationally ranked UNLV Rebels this past Friday by 71 points. Individually, Jorge won the 100 backstroke with a time of 50.48 and the 100 butterfly with a time of 48.85. Jorge also swam on the winning relay teams for BYU in the 400 freestyle and 200 Medley relays.