Senior Ian Seau has been named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week and Brent Zuzo has been named MW Special Teams Player of the Week, the conference office announced Monday. It’s the first MW weekly honor for both student-athletes.
Seau and Zuzo each had career performances last Saturday, leading the Wolf Pack (4-4, 2-2) to a 30-20 comeback victory over Hawai’i on Homecoming at Mackay Stadium.
Seau – a defensive end from Oceanside, Calif. – tallied 4.0 sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery to lead the Pack defense. Seau’s four sacks were just a half sack shy of a program record and Mountain West record. Seau became the ninth player in MW history to record four sacks in a game, which is tied for the FBS lead this season along with Texas A&M’s Daeshon Hall and East Carolina’s Montese Overton.
Seau forced and recovered a fumble on his final sack of the game with 1:22 remaining, clinching a Wolf Pack victory. Seau’s four sacks totaled 30 yards as he helped Nevada limit Hawai’i to just 34 yards rushing, which is the fewest Nevada has allowed since Nov. 8, 2009.
Zuzo – a place kicker from Canton, Mich. – went 3-of-3 on both field goals and extra points, and recovered his own onside kick late in the first half. Zuzo matched career-high totals in field goals (3) and total points (12) in the victory. Zuzo split the uprights from 40, 29 and 30 yards, while his 30-yarder with 9:01 remaining tallied Nevada’s go-ahead score.
Zuzo improved to 10-of-11 on the season, which leads the MW and ranks seventh in FBS, and also improved to 38-of-46 in his career. With 12 points against Hawai’i, Zuzo surpassed Damon Fine (2001-04) for fifth in Nevada’s record book in career kicker scoring with 215 career points.
The last time Nevada had two players earn a weekly conference award in the same week was on Nov. 18, 2013, when LB Jonathan McNeal and P Chase Tenpenny earned MW Defensive and Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Following its comeback victory over the Rainbow Warriors, Nevada enters a bye week with a 4-4 overall record and a 2-2 mark in conference play. Nevada returns to action on Thursday, Nov. 5 at Fresno State on ESPN2.
Nevada Press Release