This is the first time this season and in their respective careers that Bond and Thompkins have won the MW Weekly Award. Overall, this is Utah State’s fourth and fifth weekly accolades of the season, and its 38th and 39th in its ninth season in the league.
In the Aggies’ 28-24 win over the Rebels at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, Bond had two career-high interceptions and the team’s top nine tackles, including 0.5 for a loss, for help Utah State open. the season 3-0 on the road for the first time since 1978. The Aggies have now come back from behind to win all four of their games this season, including a rally in the fourth quarter in their three road wins.
The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Leap also forced his first fumble of the season in the first quarter against the Rebels at Allegiant Stadium. Both of his interceptions came in the fourth quarter, including the pick that sealed the game with 10 seconds left.
During the season, the senior safety graduate sits sixth on the team with 28 tackles in five games played. Bond also won College Sports Madness MW Defensive Player of the Week honors on Sunday.
Thompkins led all receivers in the game with a career-high 12 catches for 180 yards, including 174 yards after the catch. He also had two career-best touchdown receptions, one from 37 yards and another from six.
The 5-foot-8, 155-pound senior wide receiver was also named to the weekly Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll on Monday.
Thompkins’ 12 receptions against the Rebels are the highest by an Aggie since Hunter Sharp made 13 catches against the Air Force in 2015. The Fort Myers, Fla. Native leads the MW and ranks third nationally for receptions (136.5 yards per game), leads the conference and ranks fifth nationally in receptions (8.3 points per game), and leads the league and is seventh nationally in general-purpose yards (150.0 points per game) per game).
Utah State (4-2, 2-1 MW) welcomes Division foe Mountain Colorado State (3-3, 2-0) to Merlin Olsen Field at Maverik Stadium on Friday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 p.m. The annual Homecoming game will be televised live on CBS Sports Network.
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