Oct. 18, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico punter Tyler Gaus was named Mountain West Conference Special Teams Player of the Week this morning, earning the award for the first time in his career. Gaus is just the second punter in Lobo history to be honored, joining Jason Bloom who was a five-time recepient (1996-98) in the Western Athletic Conference. Alex Smith (Utah) and Kirk Morrison (San Diego State) were earned Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively.
In New Mexico's 24-20 win at UNLV, Gaus punted eight times for a 41.6-yard average. He placed a career-high four balls inside the Rebels 13-yard line (11, 3, 13 and 6-yard lines, respectively), with his final kick key in the victory as the 53-yard effort pinned UNLV on its own six yard line for its final drive of the game. New Mexico forced a Rebel fumble at midfield and preserved the win.
Gaus is the fourth Lobo honored by the league this year, joining quarterback Kole McKamey, safety Josh Bazinet and kicker Wes Zunker, who all earned Player of the Week awards for their performances versus Texas Tech.