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Nick Folk Named Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 09/05/2006
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            TUCSON, Ariz. ?- Senior PK/P Nick Folk has been named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week, commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

 

Folk, who served double duty as the place kicker and punter in Arizona’s 16-13 win over BYU in the season opener last weekend, booted a career-best three field goals, including the game-winner from 48 yards out in the waning moments, in front of a capacity 58,450 fans at Arizona Stadium on Saturday.

 

The senior accounted for 10 of UA’s 16 points in the contest, connecting on field goals of 22, 30 and 48 yards on the night and adding one PAT. Folk handed the Wildcats their sixth-straight home-opening win when he capped off the night with his game-winning kick with one second remaining in the fourth quarter.

 

The last-second 48-yard game-winner tied for the third-longest FG in Folk’s four-year career at UA.

 

In addition to his game-changing place-kicking duties, Folk took over as the team’s punter in the first half, and averaged a NCAA-leading 56 yards per punt on four kicks, including a career-long 75-yard boot in the fourth quarter that placed the Cougars at their own five yard-line.

 

On kickoffs, three of Folk’s five kicks went into the endzone for touchbacks, and BYU averaged just 12.5 yards per return on the two kicks they attempted to bring back.

 

The weekly honor is the second of Folk’s four-year career at UA, having previously been recognized following UA’s 29-27 win at Oregon State last season in which he kicked a 19-yard field goal and eight punts, including three inside the OSU 20 yard-line, for a 42-yard average.

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