McNichols Earns Fourth MW Honor
Nov. 21, 2016

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State running back and Doak Walker Award semifinalist Jeremy McNichols has claimed his fourth Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week honor, the conference announced Monday morning.

The announcement makes McNichols the sixth different player in Mountain West history to earn at least four offensive weekly honors in a single season, and it is the seventh season in which a player has earned at least four (BYU’s Max Hall achieved the feat in 2008 and 2009). McNichols is also the second Bronco on this list, joining quarterback Kellen Moore, who in 2011 was the last Mountain West player to claim at least four such honors.

It is also the fifth-career honor for McNichols.

McNichols, who was named a semifinalist for the Doak Walker Award, given annually to college football’s top running back, strongly backed up his case for the honor Friday against UNLV, rushing for 206 yards and four touchdowns in No. 20 (CFP) Boise State’s 42-25 win that improved the Broncos to 10-1 overall and kept them level with Wyoming at 6-1 atop the Mountain West’s Mountain Division.

It was McNichols’ third 200-yard rushing game this season, making him the only Bronco in school history to achieve that feat, and his ninth 100-yard game, tied for most in the Mountain West. Friday also marked his second four-touchdown game of the season, with the first coming Sept. 24 at Oregon State, making him the FBS leader in rushing touchdowns (22) and increasing his national lead in touchdowns (26). His 206 rushing yards upped his total for the year to 1,575, third-most in the country, and his 2,097 all-purpose yards this year have him fifth in the country in that category.

McNichols scored touchdowns on either side of the first-quarter break Friday night to put the Broncos up 21-3 then, early in the third quarter, ripped off a 43-yard run to the UNLV three-yard line to set up Alexander Mattison’s three-yard scoring plunge to make it 28-10. McNichols followed four minutes later with a four-yard run to put the Broncos up 35-10, and with 8:40 left in the game iced it for Boise State with a 31-yard run to make it 42-17.

Along with his 206 yards on the ground, McNichols caught a pass for 22 yards, bringing his receiving yardage to 450 on the year, second-highest among all running backs in the country.

Boise State heads to Colorado Springs this Friday (Nov. 25) to take on Air Force in the regular-season finale for both teams. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. on CBS Sports Network.

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