Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Football Players Earn Honors
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 12, 1999
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Two University of Arizona football players earned honors Friday for their work on and off the playing field. Senior wide receiver/return specialist Dennis Northcutt (Los Angeles, Calif./Dorsey H.S.) was named a semi-finalist for the Mosi Tatupu Award, honoring the nation's top special teams player. Sophomore H-back Eli Wnek (Glendale, Ariz./Ironwood H.S.) was named to the GTE Academic All-District VIII Second Team.

Northcutt is one of 10 semifinalists for the award, which is given by the Maui Quarterback Club. He is the Pacific-10 Conference leader, and fourth in the nation, in punt returns with a 16.5 yard average. Northcutt has amassed 1,862 all-purpose yards in 10 games this season, which is also No. 1 in the Pac-10 and No. 3 in the nation. He is among the top four in the nation in receptions per game and receiving yards per game. Northcutt has also seen time at cornerback on defense for the Wildcats this year.

Last season, Arizona cornerback Chris McAlister won the Mosi Tatupu Award for his prowess returning punts, kickoffs and kick coverage. This year's finalists will be announced in early December, and the winner will be announced on ESPN's Trophy Show later that month.

Wnek's play at H-Back and his 3.754 grade point average in the classroom earned him Academic All-District VIII Second Team honors. He has caught four passes for 22 yards and a touchdown this season. Wnek, a family studies major, is also a key blocker in Arizona's running game that is among the top 15 in the nation in yards per game this year.

Mosi Tatupu Semifinalists
David Allen, KR, Kansas State
Brandon Daniels, KR, Oklahoma
Nick Davis, KR, Wisconsin
Jamal Garland, RS, Hawai'i
Joe Jarzynka, RS, Washington
Ben Kelly, KR/CB, Colorado
Dennis Northcutt, WR/RS/CB, Arizona
Deltha O'Nean, RS/CB, California
Vitaly Pisetesky, PK, Wisconsin
Anthony Standifer, LS, Purdue