Oct. 25, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico junior defensive end Evroy Thompson was named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week this morning. Thompson is the fourth first time honoree for the Lobos this year, joining safety Josh Bazinet (vs. Texas Tech), quarterback Kole McKamey (vs. Texas Tech) and punter Tyler Gaus (vs. UNLV). John Beck and Matt Payne of BYU earned Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Week honors, respectively.
Thompson turned in the best game of his career against San Diego State to help lead an inspired UNM defensive effort. SDSU was held to -19 rushing yards and 146 total yards, 259 below its season average as the Lobos evened their record at 4-4 (2-2 MWC) with a 19-9 victory. Thompson set the defensive tone of the game early, with three tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the first quarter. He finished with a career-high 7 stops with 2.5 TFLs, a 9-yard sack and a forced fumble in 52 snaps, finishing only behind unit leader Nick Speegle with a team evalutation score of 22 points.
The Hockley, Texas native entered the game with 13 tackles in 17 career games since the 1999 season. He missed all of '99 after tearing his ACL on his only play in his collegiate debut versus New Mexico State. Following a two-year LDS mission to New York City, Thompson returned and made six stops on special teams last year. He cracked the starting lineup for the first time in his career, earlier this season at Air Force.
Thompson is the fifth Lobo honored by the league this year ninth defensive player to win the award under head coach Rocky Long. UNM has won Defensive Player of the Week honors 13 times since 1999.