Boise State Athlete Of The Week Poll

Sept. 18, 2017

BOISE, Idaho - Boise State Athletics wants to get Bronco Nation involved in celebrating the performances of our student-athletes, so we are giving Bronco fans the chance to vote on the top Boise State performer each week!

Follow @BroncoSports on Twitter, and vote in our Twitter poll for your Boise State Athlete of the Week every Monday morning, and the occasional Tuesday morning, should a holiday fall on a Monday.

This week's (Sept. 11-17) nominees are:

Janelle Flores (Sr. | Goalkeeper | Hesperia, Calif.) - Women's Soccer
Janelle Flores showed her quality in goal down the stretch during Boise State's 1-0 victory at Weber State Friday, directing the Bronco defensive effort on several Wildcat free kicks towards the end of the game. After missing the previous two games with a rib injury, she finished Friday with seven saves and earned the 16th clean sheet of her career -- putting her one shutout away from tying the school record holder, Liz Ruiz (17, 2008-2011).

Donny Hopoi (Sr. | Aiea, Hawaii) - Men's Golf
Donny Hopoi earned the first medalist honors of his career, capturing the Itani Quality Homes Collegiate title while leading the Broncos to a second-place team effort behind host Washington State.

Hopoi opened the tournament four strokes off the pace after a first-round 71 (E), but surged into second by the end of the day after firing a red-hot 63 (-8) in the second round. He finished the event with a 5-under 66 in Tuesday's final round to end the tournament at 13-under (71-63-66=200), two strokes clear of runner-up Thomas Vining of South Dakota.

Leighton Vander Esch (R-Jr. | Riggins, Idaho) - Football
Linebacker Leighton Vander Esch was all over the field for the Bronco defense once again in Thursday's 28-14 win over New Mexico. The redshirt junior made 13 tackles, and had a hand in both Bronco takeaways. First, Vander Esch stripped New Mexico running back Richard McQuarley on the opening drive, as safety Kekoa Nawahine picked up the loose ball and returned it to the Lobo 46, setting up the Broncos' opening touchdown drive. Vander Esch struck again in the fourth quarter, snaring an interception off a ball tipped at the line by defensive end Durrant Miles.

Overall, the Bronco defense held the Lobo triple option to just 3.9 yards per rushing attempt, and held New Mexico to just 14 points.

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