Nov. 10, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico athletes picked up two of the three of the Mountain West Conference's weekly awards this morning with sophomore DonTrell Moore earning Offensive Player of the Week honors and junior Wes Zunker recognized for special teams. San Diego State's Matt McCoy took home Defensive honors. Moore wins the award for the first time this season and second of his career (2002), while McCoy and Zunker are honored for the first time ever. Moore and Zunker are the third and fourth Lobos to earn conference player of the week honors over the past month.
MWC Offensive Player of the Week
DonTrell Moore, New Mexico, Running Back, So-1L, Roswell, N.M. (Roswell HS)
DonTrell Moore carried New Mexico to a pivotal program victory and dazzled an exclusive national audience, rushing for a career-high 242 yards with three TDs on a career-best 34 carries (7.1 avg). His yardage total was the most by a MWC back this year and third in league history, as well as the second-most in UNM history. Moore was unstoppable through three quarters, amassing 214 yards on 24 attempts (8.9 avg). He had all of his skills on display, running with tremendous agility, speed and power in what head coach Rocky Long called the best game of his career. The 2002 Mountain West Conference Rookie of the Year, had touchdown runs of 8, 22, and 45 yards, moving him atop the UNM single-season rushing TD chart with 17.
MWC Special Teams Player of the Week
Wes Zunker, New Mexico, Kicker, Jr-2L, New Braunfels, Texas (Canyon HS)
Wes Zunker kicked three field goals and made the biggest kick of his career when he nailed a 33-yard attempt as time ran out to give UNM a 37-34 victory over Colorado State. Also knocked in a 41-yard field goal earlier in the quarter and was good from 27 yards out to open the Lobo scoring. Also hit all four extra points. Is the second UNM kicker (Vladamir Borombozin -2001) to win the award since the league formed in 1999. Zunker is 13 of 14 on the season, with his only miss hitting the left upright from 49 yards away at Texas Tech.