John Beck has been named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
The Top Performers of the Week feature will highlight the top athletes of each sport currently in play. Check back each week to see which athletes are standing out in Cougar sports.
Kassi Anderson, Women's Cross Country - Junior; Provo, Utah
After sitting out of last week's Great American Invitational, Kassi Andersen led the No. 6 ranked Cougars to a second place finish behind the University of Arkansas' 35 points. Andersen ran a time of 19:54.09 in the 6k.
"I felt good," said Andersen. "It was perfect conditions and decent competition. It's just good to get experience and race people. I just feel that at each race if I get a little better, I'll know my strengths and what I need to improve on."
John Beck, Football - Senior; Mesa, Arizona
For the second time in three weeks--and the fifth time in his career--BYU quarterback John Beck has been named the Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week. The Davey O'Brien Award candidate helped lead the Cougars (3-2, 1-0) to a convincing 31-17 victory over 15th-ranked TCU on Thursday in Fort Worth, ending the Horned Frogs' nation's leading 13-game win streak.
The 6-foot-1, 216-pound senior completed 23-of-37 attempts for 312 yards and three touchdowns, avenging last season's 51-50 overtime loss to TCU in Provo. The victory also gave the Cougars' their first road victory over a ranked opponent since 1997--the same year Beck quarterbacked the Mountain View High School (Mesa, Ariz.) junior varsity squad as a sophomore.
"You just don't know how perfect that quarterback was [Thursday] night," TCU head coach Gary Patterson told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Friday. "I said before the ballgame he was the best quarterback we'd faced since last year when we faced him, and it's still true. The guy's a good player."
Jenna Judkins, Women's Volleyball -- Junior; Salt Lake City, Utah
BYU's Jenna Judkins has stepped up nicely to fill the starting setter void created by Amy Schlauder's injury, and last week was no exception. The junior setter recorded her second double-double of the season against No. 18 Utah with 54 assists and a career-high 14 digs while playing on a sprained ankle. Despite entering the season having played in just nine matches and recorded 15 career assists, she has started the last seven matches for the Cougars, helping BYU to a 6-1 record, and currently leads the league in assists per game in conference play with 13.68
Josh Rohatinsky, Men's Cross Country - Senior; Provo, Utah
Not having competed since the BYU Autumn Classic on Sept. 9, Josh Rohatinsky captured the top spot, leading his team to third place. BYU had a total of 102 points behind the University of Oregon (47) and the University of Portland (89). A member of the No. 10 BYU team, Rohatinsky had a time of 22:58.37 in his 8k run.
"Rohatinsky had an incredible race," said head coach Ed Eyestone. "He showed that he definitely is one of the contenders for national championship honors."
Erica Woodbury, Women's Soccer - Junior; Murrieta, Calif.
Erica Woodbury, the women's soccer goalkeeper, has moved into the top spot of career saves at BYU with 160. So far this season, Woodbury has recorded eight shutouts and has accumulated 36 saves. Through Woodbury's efforts, BYU has only allowed five goals through 11 games, the best in Cougar history.