Coats Named MWC Offensive Player of the Week

With six receptions for a team-leading 93 yards, including two touchdowns, in the Cougars' 24-13 victory over Georgia Tech, freshman Daniel Coats has been named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- BYU freshman tight end Daniel Coats has been named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after helping the Cougars to a 24-13 season-opening victory over Georgia Tech. Coats shares the weekly honor with Utah running back Brandon Warfield.

In his first collegiate game, Coats not only earned the starting assignment against Georgia Tech, he also led the entire team with six receptions for 93 yards. Coats, a graduate of Northridge HS in Layton, Utah, was also credited with a game-high two touchdown receptions and averaged 15.5 yards per reception.

With BYU trailing 3-0 with 5:07 remaining in the first quarter, facing a fourth-and-three from the Georgia Tech 38 yards line, sophomore QB Matt Berry found Coats over the top for a 38-yard, finger-tip touchdown catch -- his first, career reception.

In the third quarter, trailing the Yellow Jackets 13-7, Berry hooked up with Coats for what would be the game-winning touchdown -- a 15-yard pass in the endzone to cap a seven-play, 80-yard drive to start the second half.

With his performance on Thursday, Coats is the nation's top tight end with an average 6.0 receptions and 93.0 yards per game. He is also the nation's second-leading freshman receiver.