The Mountain West Conference named BYU quarterback John Beck as the league's 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.
John Beck, Football - Senior; Mesa, Arizona
The Mountain West Conference named BYU quarterback John Beck as the league's Offensive Player of the Week. Beck threw for a season-high 436 yards, completing 38-of-59 attempts, in the Cougars' double-overtime loss at No. 23 Boston College on Saturday. Beck also threw one touchdown completion and added a rushing touchdown in the first quarter to give BYU an early 7-0 lead. Beck's passing yardage total was the most since posting a Mountain West record 517 yards against TCU last season, and was the second-highest passing yardage total of his career.
With his performance, Beck moved into fifth place on BYU's all-time passing list with 8,101 career yards, passing the likes of Steve Young (7,733) and Kevin Feterik (8,065). Having racked up 8,113 total yards over his career, Beck moved into fourth place on the Cougars' all-time total offense list, passing Kevin Feterik (7,731), John Walsh (7,736), and Robbie Bosco (8,073). With 52 touchdown completions, Beck now ranks 10th on BYU's all-time touchdown completions list.
Ashley Childers, Women's Golf - Junior; Menifee, California
Ashley Childers led the cougars to a second place finish at the Dick McGuire Invitational hosted by UNM. Childers won the first qualifying event for the cougars and led the women's golf team in scoring, finishing with a four under par at the invitational. Childers also had a round career low of 69. She finished the event tied for 13th place.
Chandler Goodwin, Cross Country - Junior; Pleasant Grove, Utah
Chandler Goodwin won first place at the Sacramento State Invitational and led his team to a perfect score of 15 points with a time of 24:38 in the 8k. With Chandler's win, BYU placed 12 runners in the top 15, as well as claiming the top six spots. Coach Ed Eyestone was very proud of the effort put forth by his runners.
Katie Larkin, Women's Soccer - Sophomore; Draper, Utah
BYU midfielder Katie Larkin has been named the Mountain West Conference Co-Offensive Players of the Week, along with Katelyn Lev of New Mexico, the MWC announced Monday.
Larkin, from Draper, Utah, scored the game-winner in both of BYU's games over the weekend. She earned five shots and four shots on goal in both wins against Pacific (1-0) and Utah State (1-0 OT). Larkin leads the Cougars with three goals and seven points on the season.
Larkin was also named the National Player of the Week by Top Drawer Soccer. On Tuesday she was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and Soccer Times Honor Roll.
Erica Lott, Women's Volleyball - Junior; Orem, Utah
Cougar rightside hitter Erica Lott had a spectacular week as she helped BYU go 3-0 over the seven-day period and move to 10-1 overall on the year. The junior started out the week with 12 kills and five blocks against Utah State to help the Cougars record their seventh sweep of the season. BYU also swept Air Force in its Mountain West Conference opener on Friday night, setting up a showdown with the Colorado State Rams, whom the Cougars had not beaten in Provo since 2000. Lott responded to the challenge with an incredible 26 kills, a career-high, on .550 hitting to go along with six blocks. With BYU clinging to a slim 12-11 lead in game five, Lott pounded out three straight kills to give her team the victory. For the week, Lott averaged 4.30 kills per game on .384 hitting while adding 1.20 blocks per game. She is currently ranked first in the league in kills and points and is also in the top 10 in hitting percentage and blocks.
Cale Planck, Men's Tennis - Freshman
Men's tennis player of the week is freshman Cale Planck. He was the only Cougar to make it to the semi finals of the Utah Fall Tennis Classic at BYU this past weekend and did so by upsetting No. 1 seed James Ludlow, a senior at BYU. Planck used his serve to dominate opponents and prove that, although he is a freshman, he should not be overlooked. Planck lost a close match in the semi finals to former BYU men's tennis manager Brian Battistone.