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Nevada Sweeps Mountain West Weekly Honors

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Nevada swept the Mountain West’s weekly honors as sophomore RB James Butler was named MW Offensive Player of the Week, freshman DB Dameon Baber was named MW Defensive Player of the Week and junior PK Brent Zuzo was named MW Special Teams Player of the Week.

The trio were honored for their efforts in leading the Wolf Pack (5-4, 3-2) to a 30-16 victory over Fresno State last Thursday at Bulldog Stadium.

It marks the first time in program history Nevada has won all three MW weekly honors and the seventh time in MW history a single team has swept the weekly awards. The Pack has now tallied six MW weekly accolades this season. Butler collects his first career weekly accolade, while Baber and Zuzo each collected their second career weekly honor.

Butler, a 5-foot-10 running back from Bloomingdale, Ill., rushed 18 times for 122 yards, one touchdown and 6.8 yards per carry against the Bulldogs. Butler broke free for a 59-yard touchdown rush to put Nevada ahead, 30-16, with 11:17 left in the game. Butler tallied his fifth 100+ rushing game of the season as the Pack improves to 4-1 when he eclipses 100 yards on the ground.

Baber matched a Mountain West record with three interceptions, all of which came in the fourth quarter, to led Nevada’s second half shutout. The freshman safety from Palmdale, Calif. is the ninth player in MW history to intercept three passes in a single game. Baber’s three picks are the second-most in program history and the most since Sept. 28, 1974 when Greg Grouwinkel picked off four passes against Portland State. Baber now has six interceptions on the season, which ranks tied for third in FBS.

For the second straight game, Zuzo went 3-of-3 on both field goals and extra points to match career-highs in field goals made (3) and total points (12). Zuzo made a career-long 47-yard field goal in the second quarter while also converting from 30 and 25 yards in the second half. Zuzo is now 13-of-14 on the season, which leads the MW and ranks fifth in FBS.

The Wolf Pack returns to Mackay Stadium for senior day this Saturday, hosting San Jose State. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. PT between the Pack and Spartans (4-5, 3-2). 

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