I’m combining the last two weeks so we have a little more substance on todays edition of Game Balls. So here we go.
Chandler Hutchison (basketball)
The last two weeks has seen Hutchison prove why he’s the best player on the Broncos’ roster. On December 3rd Hutchison attained the Broncos’ first (recorded) triple-double. And just the fifth in Mountain West Conference history. That is... something. Kind of a weird thing to talk about, but with the limited amount of time on the court, it kind of makes sense. He’s had to drag the Broncos across the finish line (2OT vs Grand Canyon) and just has been a straight up stud.
Shay Shaw (basketball)
Ms. Shaw is a leader for the Broncos and shows up as such. she had a double-double for the Broncos in their win against the Washington Huskies. 10 points, six rebounds in a win against Eastern Washington. And another 10 points against Portland in another win.
Cedrick Wilson (football)
It almost goes without saying why Mr. Wilson is here. But I am going to anyway. His 10 catch, 221 yard, and one TD performance against the Oregon Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl netted him the MVP of the game. A well-deserved honor as he was, reportedly, on two bum ankles for most of the game. But the athletic trainers patched him up and sent him out there again, and again, to great success. Not only did he get that MVP, but he broke Thomas Sperbeck’s single-season record for receiving yards at 1,511. Wilson is headed off to the NFL and I look forward to cheering him on.
Leighton Vander Esch (football)
Again, another no-brainer on this one. Mr. Vander Esch had 12 total tackles, three tackles for loss, one forced fumble, and one sack. All against a “vaunted” Oregon offense that, according to one Oregon-based media outlet, had the best player on the field in Herbert. But, whatever, Oregon had a player sit out to protect his draft future (which I would have 100% supported if any Broncos had decided the same). The Broncos had one, for sure, athlete getting drafted play (Wilson). And another who made a REALLY SERIOUS case for being drafted (Vander Esch). And both outclassed whatever competition the Ducks put up against them. If LVE does leave early, this wouldn’t be a bad parting shot.
Ok. This is the last Game Balls that is going to include football. Let’s talk about it in the comments.