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First game, first Mountain West award for Boise State’s Williams

One touch of the ball was all Avery Williams needed to net one Mountain West honor.

The Boise State redshirt freshman was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week on Monday. In the first quarter of the Broncos’ 24-13 win over Troy on Saturday, Williams’ first career play was an 81-yard punt return for a touchdown.

[Watch the play in the highlight video above]

Williams finished the day with 124 punt return yards, the sixth-most in a single game in Boise State history, and also added a 48-yard kickoff return. Last season, Boise State had 159 punt return yards as a team, and did not have a kickoff return of more than 47 yards since 2013.

San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny (197 rushing yards, two TDs) was the Offensive Player of the Week, and New Mexico defensive back Jake Rothschiller was the Defensive Player of the Week (eight tackles, sack, interception).