Oct. 20, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico sophomore cornerback Gabriel Fulbright was named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week the conference office announced today. Bradlee Van Pelt (Colorado State) and Deric Yaussi (Wyoming) were named Offensive and Special Teams Players of the Week, respectively.
Van Pelt wins the award for the second time this season and third of his career (2002), while Fulbright and Yaussi are recognized for the first time in their careers. Fullbright is the first Lobo to earn the MWC weekly honor this year and 10th to earn conference Defensive Player of the Week honors in Rocky Long's six seasons at UNM. New Mexico has had seven Defensive Players of the Week in the past two seasons, including three last fall.
MWC Defensive Player of the WeekGabriel Fulbright, New Mexico, CB, So-1L
Sophomore cornerback Garbriel Fulbright tied a Mountain West record with three interceptions in leading New Mexico to victory at San Diego State. All three of his interceptions occurred in the end zone, thwarting SDSU scoring drives. His first pick came with the Aztecs at the Lobo 6-yardline with UNM protecting a 7-0 first-quarter lead. Following a third-quarter New Mexico fumble at its 15, Fulbright snagged his second pick in the end zone and returned it 27 yards to preserve a 27-7 advantage. His final INT came on a second-and-10 at the UNM 20 midway through the fourth-quarter. Fullbright also add a career-high six tackles (all solo) on the night.