TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The University of Arizona football coaching staff on Sunday announced its first set of weekly honors following last Thursday's 42-32 victory over UTSA. It was the eighth-consecutive season-opening win for the Wildcats, including the fourth in four seasons under head coach Rich Rodriguez.
Senior Cayman Bundage was recognized as the program's Offensive Player of the Week. A starter at guard the last two seasons, Bundage shined in his first career start at center. He steadied a line that introduced two new starters along the left side, and the unit help produce 163 yards on the ground while giving quarterback Anu Solomon plenty of time to toss for 229 yards and four touchdowns.
Junior cornerback DaVonte' Neal was named the team's Special Teams Player of the Week. A first-time starter on defense, Neal recorded 11 tackles and broke up a pass, but his biggest contribution came when he blocked a fourth quarter field goal try as the Roadrunners threatened to cut the Wildcats' lead to one possession. Jamar Allah recovered the block and Arizona's offense soon punched in a touchdown for welcomed breathing room early in the fourth quarter. It was the first blocked field goal for the Wildcats since 2002.
Scout team player of the week honors went to freshman running back Branden Leon (offense), redshirt freshman linebacker Kevin Hamlett Jr. (defense) and freshman corner back Malcolm Holland (special teams) for their preparations leading up to the game.
The team's Hard Edge Player of the Week was sophomore linebacker DeAndre' Miller, while senior defensive lineman Reggie Gilbert was tabbed the Student of the Week.
Arizona (1-0) hits the road this week for a non-conference tilt at Nevada (1-0) this Saturday, Sept. 12. The game will be televised live on CBS College Sports beginning at 4 p.m. PDT.