University of Hawai’i linebacker Jerrol Garcia-Williams was selected as the Mountain West’s Defensive Player of the Week, Monday, following his performance in the Rainbow Warriors’ 47-27 victory over UC Davis.
Garcia-Williams, a junior from Las Vegas, Nev., recorded a career-high 15 tackles (12 solo, 3 assisted) to lead the defense. The inside backer posted six tackles in the first quarter en route to the highest single-game total for a UH defender since Corey Paredes posted 15 tackles in a win against New Mexico State in 2010.
The award is the first for Garcia-Williams and the first for a UH player this season.
Garcia-Williams currently ranks second on the team with 23 tackles, including 0.5 sacks and one quarterback hurry. He has started all three games this season after missing the majority of last season due to knee injury.
Boise State running back Jeremy McNichols and linebacker Tanner Vallejo received the MW’s offensive and special teams player of the week awards, respectively.
The Rainbow Warriors travel to Madison, Wis., this week to take on No. 22 Wisconsin, Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium.