Ashworth Earns National Player of the Week Recognition

Luke Ashworth was singled out for national accolades based on his performance in BYU's win over Colorado State. (Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU wide receiver Luke Ashworth was named the National Wide Receiver of the Week by the College Football Performance Awards for his play during week 11 of the college football season.

Cougar quarterback Jake Heaps and punter/kicker Riley Stephenson were also recognized for their contributions in BYU's 49-10 win over Colorado State as Heaps received Honorable Mention Quarterback of the Week honors while Stephenson was given Honorable Mention Kickoff Specialist of the Week recognition.

Ashworth, who also earned Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Week honors, made four receptions for a career-high 113 receiving yards and four touchdowns to help BYU record a 49-10 win at Colorado State. The Provo, Utah, native caught the Cougars’ first four offensive touchdowns of 62, 7, 36 and 8 yards, respectively. All four scores came in the first half, making Ashworth the first player in BYU history to tally four touchdowns in the first 30 minutes of action. The four first-half touchdowns also tied a program record for most touchdowns posted in any half in BYU history and matched an MWC single-game high for touchdown catches.

Heaps completed 15-of-20 passes for 242 yards and a career-high four touchdowns while guiding the BYU offensive attack. Stephenson did not have to punt during the game thanks to the Cougars' efficient offense but he kicked off eight times, with four touchbacks, to average 69.5 yards per kickoff.

The purpose of the College Football Performance Awards is to provide the most scientifically rigorous conferments in college football. Recipients are selected exclusively based upon objective scientific rankings of the extent to which individual players increase the overall effectiveness of their teams.