BYU tight end Kaneakua Friel has been named the College Football Performance Awards National Tight End of the Week for his play in BYU's season-opening 30-6 victory over Washington State. Cougar defensive back Jordan Johnson received honorable mention for Defensive Back of the Week.
A junior from Kaneohe, Hawaii, Friel established career highs with six receptions for 101 yards and two touchdowns in BYU’s 30-6 victory over Washington State at LaVell Edwards Stadium. In only his second start, Friel became the first BYU tight end since Dennis Pitta in 2009 to record 100-plus receiving yards and multiple TDs in a single game.
Johnson, a sophomore from Springfield, Mass., made his first career start facing Washington State All-American receiver Marquess Wilson and Mike Leach's "Air Raid" offense. Johnson held Wilson to four receptions while totaling four solo tackles, one pass breakup and one interception, which he returned 64 yards to set up a BYU score.
College Football Performance Awards are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific criteria examining how individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.