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Two Boise State football players earn Mountain West player of the week honors

Boise State punter/kicker Joel Velazquez made a 52-yard field goal last week. He also is the kickoff specialist and starting punter.
Boise State punter/kicker Joel Velazquez made a 52-yard field goal last week. He also is the kickoff specialist and starting punter. doswald@idahostatesman.com

Only one Boise State football player had earned a Mountain West player of the week award this season — returner Avery Williams was honored twice for his special teams work — but on Monday, two different Broncos got their performances recognized.

Sophomore running back Alexander Mattison was named Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week after he rushed for 242 yards in Saturday’s 59-52 overtime win at Colorado State. It was the third-best rushing performance in school history, and his 286 yards from scrimmage were No. 1.

Redshirt freshman kicker/punter Joel Velazquez picked up his first Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week award for his perfect onside kick that allowed the Broncos to drive and force overtime. Colorado State coach Mike Bobo said it was “probably the best onside kick I’ve ever seen.” Velazquez also had five touchbacks and averaged 40 yards on two punts.

The Broncos host Air Force at 8:15 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2. A Wyoming loss Saturday or a Boise State win clinches the Mountain West’s Mountain Division for the Broncos.

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