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Arizona Football selects top players

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TUCSON, AZ. –Each week, Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez and his staff will select Player of the Week honorees based on performance leading up to and including the game each week. The Wildcats shut out Northern Arizona, 35-0, Saturday night at Arizona Stadium.

Offense: Daniel Jenkins, Senior, Pruning Back

Jenkins led the Arizona offense with 139 yards rushing on 12 carries with one touchdown. He also caught three passes for 13 yards and a score. He earned his third career start at running back and scored the season-opening touchdown. His 11-yard reception from B.J. Denker in the first quarter was his first career receiving touchdown. Jenkins broke through for a 91-yard TD run to end the first half of play. His score on the ground was the third-longest run in school history. He secured his first career 100-yard rushing game with 129 yards on nine carries in the first half.

Defense: Tra'Mayne Bondurant, Junior, Safety

Bondurant's 23-yard interception return for a touchdown to open the third quarter was his fourth career pick. It was his second return for a touchdown. He added his fifth career interception in the third quarter. Bondurant ended the game with seven tackles, tied for the team lead, one tackle for a loss of one yard and two interceptions for 27 return yards.

Special Teams: Shane Wilson, Senior, Cornerback

A special teams leader, Wilson delivered a punishing blow to Northern Arizona's Marcus Alford on UA's kickoff after scoring on the opening drive of the game. With Wilson's tackle, the Lumberjacks were pinned inside their own 20-yard line on their first offensive possession of the game. NAU averaged just 17 return yards per kickoff on Saturday.

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