Nov. 22, 2004
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - University of New Mexico senior linebacker Fola Fashola was named Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Week the league announced this morning, for his stellar performance in the Lobos' 16-9 victory over Wyoming in the regular season finale. New Mexico's seven Player of the Week Award winners this year matches its highest total since joining the MWC in 1999. Seven Lobos were also selected in 2001 when UNM notched its first winning season (6-5) under head coach Rocky Long.
Utah wide receiver Steve Savoy earned MWC Offensive Player of the Week honors for the first time. A Special Teams Player of the Week was not selected.
Fashola recorded 10 tackles, including four solo stops, as New Mexico secured sole possession of second place in the Mountain West with its victory. His tackle total included a career-high 3.5 tackles for loss (3 solo, 1 assisted) and 2.5 sacks (2 solo, 1 assisted) as the Lobos limited the Cowboys to 33 net rushing yards on 40 attempts and three fields goals in the game. The Marshall, Texas native leads the team with 14.5 tackles for loss (11 solo, 7 assisted) and is second behind fellow linebacker Nick Speegle with 84 tackles.
New Mexico athletes earned the MWC player of the week awards seven times in 11 games this season, surpassing the team's 12-game total (6) of a year ago. Fashola became the sixth first time honoree for UNM this year and the fourth Lobo to earn the Defensive Player of the Week award this year. Eleven different players have won 15 conference Defensive Player of the Week awards since Long took over the program in 1999.