College Football Performance Awards honored two Cougars for their play against San Jose State. Junior linebacker Kyle Van Noy was named honorable mention for National Linebacker of the Week while senior punter Riley Stephenson earned honorable mention for National Punter of the Week.
Van Noy was stout on defense against the Spartans with three tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble and seven total tackles. The Reno, Nev. native leads BYU in tackles for loss (15.5), sacks (8.5), quarterback hurries (8) and forced fumbles (5).
Stephenson, who is from St. George, Utah, punted five times for a 50-yard average against the Spartans. Sitting at No. 2 nationally in punting, Stephenson hit kicks of 50, 57 and 60 yards, while his shortest punt of the night (a 39-yarder) pinned the Spartans on their 11-yard line—one of two punts downed inside the SJSU 20. Stephenson is a semifinalist for the Ray Guy Award recognizing the nation's top punter. Stephenson was also named the FBS Independent Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Spartans.
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