Oct. 20, 2014
BOISE, Idaho - Junior cornerback Donte Deayon was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, the conference announced Monday morning.
Deayon made his fourth interception, recorded his first-career sack and made eight tackles (seven solo) in Friday's 37-27 victory over Fresno State. Monday's honor is the first of Deayon's career, is Boise State's third weekly conference honor this season and first defensive recognition since Demarcus Lawrence was selected last Oct. 21. Running back Jay Ajayi has twice been named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week this season.
A preseason Jim Thorpe Award candidate, Deayon has picked up in 2014 where his breakout 2013 campaign left off. After picking off six passes and making 54 tackles (40 solo) a year ago, the Rialto, Calif. native has already intercepted four passes, forced a fumble and made 22 tackles (14 solo) despite injuries limiting him to just five of Boise State's seven games this season. He helped seal Sept. 13's 38-21 road win at Connecticut with a 50-yard interception return for a touchdown in the final minutes and this past Friday sealed the win over Fresno State by ending the Bulldogs' final drive with another interception.
He shares the team lead in interceptions with safety Darian Thompson, and both student-athletes are among just 14 players in the nation with at least four. Deayon and Thompson are also level with 11 career picks, leaving them each one away from cracking Boise State's all-time top 10. Deayon has also averaged nearly an interception every two games of his Bronco career, having 11 interceptions over 23 career games.
Boise State, 5-2 on the year and alone atop the Mountain West's Mountain Division at 3-1, takes a break from conference play this weekend, hosting BYU Friday night at Albertsons Stadium. Friday's kickoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be televised nationally on ESPN.