Montana State running back Cody Kirk was named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week, the league announced Monday.
Kirk, a 5-foot-10, 225-pound senior from Frenchtown, rushed for 112 yards and five touchdowns in Montana State’s 63-20 victory over North Dakota. Kirk played just the first two quarters and carried the ball 13 times.
His five touchdowns tied the school record held by Don Hass and Michael Jefferson. Kirk scored on runs of 7, 1, 19, 5 and 25 yards. This is Kirk’s second career Player of the Week honor.
Sacramento State defensive lineman Darnell Sankey is the Defensive Player of the Week and Southern Utah kicker Colton Cook and UC Davis kicker Brady Stuart are the Co-Special Teams Players of the Week.
Sankey, a 6-3, 250-pound sophomore from San Jose, Calif., tallied a career-high 10 tackles – 4.5 for loss – with three sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery in Sacramento State’s 31-3 road win over Weber State. All three of Sankey’s sacks came on third down. On his second sack, he forced a fumble and recovered it in the second quarter. Sankey had four solo tackles, six assisted tackles, as well as a quarterback hurry.
Sacramento State’s defense held Weber State to 234 yards, 13 first downs, and recovered four fumbles. This is Sankey's first Player of the Week honor. Sankey was also named the Defensive Player of the Week by the Sports Network.
Cook, a 5-8, 185-pound senior from Centerville, Utah, made field goals of 36 yards and a season-long 48 yards in Southern Utah’s 27-21 road win over Northern Colorado. Cook also made all three of his extra points. Cook became the school’s all-time leader in field goals made when he drilled his 39th in the first quarter. He added his 40th in the fourth quarter to put the Thunderbirds ahead 27-14.
Southern Utah is off to its first 4-1 start since 1997. This is Cook’s second Player of the Week honor this season, and the third of his career.
Stuart, a 5-foot-11, 163-pound sophomore from Newhall, Calif., tied his career high with three field goals as UC Davis earned its first win of the season with a 30-13 victory over Idaho State. Stuart made field goals of 36, 34 and 20 yards all in the first half to help the Aggies build a 16-0 lead. He also made all three of his extra points. This is Stuart’s first Big Sky Player of the Week honor.