McNichols Adds Third MW Weekly Honor
Oct. 17, 2016

BOISE, Idaho - For the fourth week in a row, a Boise State Bronco has been named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week as running back Jeremy McNichols took home his third such honor of 2016 Monday morning.

It is the third time over this four-week stretch that McNichols has claimed the Mountain West's top weekly prize, and fourth time in his career. It is also the first time in program history since joining the Mountain West (2011-present) that the honor has gone to Boise State four-straight times. McNichols was previously honored Sept. 26 and Oct. 3, with quarterback Brett Rypien claiming it last Monday (Oct. 10).

Boise State is the second team in conference history to capture four-straight offensive player of the week honors. Utah took it home four weeks in a row in 2004 (Nov. 1, Nov. 8, Nov. 15, Nov. 22), with quarterback Alex Smith earning three of those selections.

McNichols, a Doak Walker Award and Maxwell Award candidate, earned his latest accolade with a record-breaking performance in Saturday night's 28-23 win over Colorado State. The Long Beach, Calif., native broke Cedric Minter's 38-year-old school record with 40 carries in the contest, going for a career-high 217 yards and two touchdowns in addition to catching four passes for 47 yards to produce a career-best 264 all-purpose yards. It was the second 200-yard rushing game of McNichols' career and the second of this season, following a 208-yard, four-touchdown performance at Oregon State on Sept. 24.

With the Broncos holding a slim 7-3 lead at halftime, McNichols got the offense going in the second half, rushing for 159 yards and both scores over the final 30 minutes, including an 80-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter that put the Broncos up 21-3. It was the third scoring run of at least 80 yards in McNichols' career, and he now owns three of the five longest runs from scrimmage in Boise State history.

On the year, McNichols ranks second in the country in touchdowns (14) and rushing touchdowns (11), and fourth in all-purpose yards per game (181.7). His 775 rushing yards rank third in the Mountain West.

No. 14/14 Boise State (6-0, 3-0 MW) hosts BYU (4-3) in non-conference action this Thursday at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN.


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