Senior linebacker Bryan Kehl was named MWC Defensive Player of the Week after Cougar victory over New Mexico. (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.
Bryan Kehl - Football - Senior - Salt Lake City, Utah
Linebacker Bryan Kehl helped lead BYU to a 31-24 victory at New Mexico on Saturday, posting 10 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception with a 36-yard return for a touchdown.
Kehl, a defensive co-captain, scooped up a deflected Donovan Porterie pass on the fourth play of the game and returned it 36 yards to give the Cougars an early 7-0 lead with 13:06 left in the first quarter. The play marked Kehl's first career interception.
With just under 10 minutes left in the third quarter, Kehl stripped the ball from Porterie and recovered the fumble to give BYU a first-and-10 at the Cougars' own 41-yard line. Kehl was also credited with a sack and a tackle for a loss on the play. Three plays later, BYU quarterback Max Hall connected with Austin Collie for a 59-yard touchdown to give the Cougars a 21-6 lead with 9:23 left in the third quarter.
Rachel Dyer - Women's Volleyball - Junior - Encinitas, Calif.
Cougar middle blocker Rachel Dyer averaged 4.00 kills per game on .564 hitting while adding 1.50 digs and 1.67 blocks per contest last week in BYU?s two road sweeps. She posted 11 kills with no errors at Wyoming to hit .579 while tallying a team-best seven blocks. The next night, she also recorded double-digit kills with 13 at Air Force on .550 hitting to go along with a career-best seven digs and three blocks. On the year, Dyer leads the conference hitting .451 while ranking eighth in blocks at 1.15 per game. She has posted double-digit kills in 11 of 14 matches including the last five straight.
Katie Larkin - Soccer - Junior - Draper, Utah
Larkin started both games this week, played all but one minute between the two games, and scored three of the Cougars four goals. She now has eight goals this season, seven-game winners, 35 shots, one assist, and 17 points in 10 games played. Larkin, a Hermann Trophy candidate and a 2006 All-MWC 1st team selection, led BYU with seven goals in 2006 and now has eight goals in only ten games in 2007. She has scored in all but three games this season. She leads the MWC in game-winning goals with seven, and is among the top offensive players in the conference according shots as well. BYU remains undefeated in 2007 and has allowed fewer goals than any other team in the conference as well.
Chandler Goodwin - Men's Cross Country - Senior - Pleasant Grove, Utah
Chandler Goodwin placed 13th in one of the toughest meet of the year, the Notre Dame Invitational. With six top-25 teams racing and 178 runners competing, Goodwin led all Cougar runners with a five-mile time of 24:14. His time propelled the Cougars to a seventh-place finish.
Katie Bowen - Women's Cross Country - Sophomore - Alpine, Utah
With a fifth-place finish at the highly competitive Bill Dellinger Invitational, sophomore Katie Bowen finished the 6K course in a time of 20:31. Bowen outpaced all Cougar runners for the first time this year.