San Diego State middle linebacker Jake Fely was named Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week after a career game against Colorado State on Saturday night.
"I thought Jake played great and I don't usually give those kinds of compliments," SDSU head coach Rocky Long said. "I thought that's one of the better games I've seen a kid play."
The Oceanside (Calif.) native had career high 13 tackles with 3.5 of those going for a loss, 2 went for sacks.
"Coach Long gives all the calls and I just do whatever he calls," Fely explained his game. "But if you're given the opportunity, you've got to take it and make the play. I've just got to do it or else I'm not going to play."
SDSU defense as a whole was fantastic, gave up only 14 points on 335 yards of total offense.
"We knew all week that this team was going to come out physical," Fely said. "We just had to make the right plays (and) make the right decisions. The D-line was doing the right things, so it opened up the gaps for our linebackers. Everyone was trying to make plays out there and trying to win the game."
Most importantly the defense improved on their pass rush with 3 sacks and was able to put constant pressure in the Rams backfield with only four-men.
But there is still much more work to do.
"Coverage wise we need to improve a little bit, but all of us need to improve," Fely explained on what needs to be improved. "We all need to run to the ball all the time, make sure that when one guy misses the tackle, that someone else is there to make the play and back them up. But we all need to improve."
This Saturday SDSU will have their hands full when they head up to Reno (Nev.) to take on the Nevada Wolf pack.
Linebacker Derek Largent had a career-high eight tackles and his first two career interceptions against Colorado State.
"I thought I played pretty well, but that doesn't matter," Largent said. "Our whole defense, our whole offense played well as a team so that's all that matters. Individual effort doesn't matter as long as everyone does their part."
The newcomer from El Camino Community College is already 5th on the team in tackles with 30 and is in the Aztecs top three for sacks (2.5), tackles for a loss (5), interceptions (2) and fumble recoveries (2).
"He's around the ball a lot and he's got a lucky charm, because he's around the ball when it gets tipped and he's got pretty good hands," Long said.
His impact is just beginning to graze the surface.
-Safety Gabe Lemon is likely out 2-3 weeks with an MCL strain according to Stefanie Loh of the San Diego Union Tribune.
-Running back Adam Muema broke 100 yards rushing (14 att., 105 yds., 2 TDs) for the third time this season.
-Guard Nik Embernate started for the 40th time of his career, the most of any current Aztec.
-Cornerback Leon McFadden had two pass breakups and now has 35 for his career, which moved him into second place on the school's all- time list, trailing only Eric Lewis' 37, set from 1995-98.
Fely named MW Defensive Player of Week
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