McNichols, Vallejo Grab MW Honors

Sept. 21, 2015

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State claimed two of the three Mountain West weekly football honors Monday, as sophomore running back Jeremy McNichols and junior linebacker Tanner Vallejo were named the conference’s offensive and special teams players of the week, respectively.

The honors are the first for each student-athlete, and the first earned by Boise State in 2015.

McNichols scored a career-best three touchdowns in Friday night’s 52-0 win over Idaho State, all coming on the ground and bringing his FBS-leading overall and rushing touchdown totals to eight and seven, respectively. The Long Beach, Calif. native ran for 69 yards on 15 carries in the contest and scored the first touchdown of the game to extend his school-record streak of scoring the most consecutive Bronco touchdowns to open a season to six.

For the year, McNichols paces the Broncos with 204 rushing yards.

Vallejo made his mark on special teams by blocking two kicks, the last of which helped preserve Boise State’s first shutout since 2011. On consecutive Idaho State possessions to open the second half, Vallejo blocked a punt then a field goal. After blocking Zak Johnson’s low line drive punt, Vallejo recovered the loose ball at the 27-yard line. On the next Bengal possession, they drove deep into Bronco territory and set up for a 31-yard field goal, which Vallejo got his hands on to keep the shutout intact and the Broncos ahead 28-0.

Boise State (2-1) finishes its regular-season non-conference slate this Friday at Virginia. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. MT on ESPN.