clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Trio of Utah State Aggie stars garner Mountain West and national honors

David Woodward and Savon Scarver were named Mountain West Defensive and Special Players of the Week, while Dominik Eberle was honored as one of the Lou Groza Award’s “Stars of the Week”

(Clockwise from left to right) Utah State linebacker David Woodward (9) celebrates a fumble return for a touchdown against Colorado State on Sept. 28, 2019; USU kicker Dominik Eberle (62) nails a field goal during the Utah State-BYU football game on Oct. 5, 2018; USU receiver Savon Scarver (81) attempts to get past Hawaii defensive back Kai Kaneshiro (24) on Nov. 3, 2018.
Eli Lucero, The Herald Journal via AP; Eugene Tanner AP; Steve Griffin, Deseret News

LOGAN — It’s good to be an Aggie.

Not only did Utah State walk away with a 34-24 victory over Colorado State over the weekend, improving to 3-1 overall, 2-0 in the Mountain West, but many of the players most responsible for the win are being recognized for it.

Three different Utah State players earned player of the week honors or awards Monday for their performances against the Rams.

Linebacker David Woodward and kick returner Savon Scarver were both honored by the Mountain West Conference, earning Defensive Player of the Week and Special Teams Player of the Week honors, respectively.

Kicker Dominik Eberle, meanwhile, was named one of the Lou Groza Award “Stars of the Week” (the Lou Groza Award recognizes three of the top Football Bowl Subdivision kickers each week).

Woodward was the leader of a stout Utah State defense, a group that held Colorado State to 296 yards of total offense, 217 through the air and only 79 on the ground.

He recorded a game-high 14 tackles, and forced a pair of fumbles, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

Scarver, for his part, returned a kickoff 100-plus yards for a touchdown for the Aggies’ first score of the game.

It was Scarver’s first kick return for a touchdown this season and the fourth of his career.

He tied the Mountain West record for longest kick return ever with the return and is now tied with Kevin Robinson (2004-07) for the most kick returns for a score in program history.

Additionally, Scarver is one of only six FBS players to return a kickoff for a touchdown this season.

“Great for David and Savon to get the recognition that they got,” Utah State head coach Gary Andersen said. “Well deserved in my opinion and they had some great competition they were against.”

Eberle, meanwhile, went 2 for 2 on field goal attempts, making tries from 42 and 48 yards. He was also a perfect 4 for 4 on extra points.

Eberle is now 140 of 140 on extra points in his career and ranks first all-time in school history.

He has now scored 290 points in his Utah State career, which ranks first all-time in school history among kickers.

Eberle is 7 of 8 on field goals this season, and 50 of 65 on field goal attempts in his career.

• • •

Aggies on the air

Utah State (3-1) at No. 5 LSU (4-0)

Tiger Stadium, Baton Rouge, LA

Saturday, 10 a.m. MDT

TV: SEC Network

Radio: KZNS 1280 AM/97.5 FM