Jay Ajayi, RB
Ajayi finally had a running back go toe-to-toe with him (Fresno’s Marteze Waller), but in the end it was Ajayi who came out on top. Ajayi racked up 195 all-purpose yards in the game and two scores, but most importantly, piled up 101 of those yards in the fourth quarter, when the game was still very much in doubt and the Broncos needed to score and kill clock. Ajayi has snagged the lions’s share of the game balls this Fall…but he’s our best player, so is this really all that surprising?
Grant Hedrick, QB
I’m pleased as punch that Hedrick is again putting up game ball worthy performances, because things were a bit dicey there for a while. Hedrick was 21-30 for 190 yards and 1 passing TD on Friday night, but also caught the go-ahead touchdown from Thomas Sperbeck and rushed for another 56 yards on the night. We'll take it.
Donte Deayon, CB
Deayon had a heckuva stat line on Friday night: 8 tackles, one sack and an interception (which happened to clinch the victory for the Broncos). For Deayon’s efforts, he was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week, but we’re sure this OBNUG game ball will mean much more sitting on his mantle. They still make mantles, right?
Tyler Gray, LB
Tyler Gray has had a good couple of weeks for the Broncos. Against Nevada, he had a timely pick-six that turned the tide for the Broncos. On Friday, getting the start for a dinged-up Ben Weaver, Gray led the team in tackles and sacks (11 and 2, respectively). The middle of the field has become a huge Gray area #DoYouSeeWhatIDidThere.
Is anyone else worthy of our praise and undying admiration? Of course! But I’ll leave that up to you wonderful people.