TUCSON, Ariz.- Arizona cornerback Wilrey Fontenot has been named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week, commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.
Fontenot, a redshirt freshman from Humble, Texas, scored the go-ahead touchdown for UA with a 33-yard fumble return with 3:58 remaining the in the third quarter in Arizona's 23-13 win over Washington in Seattle on Saturday.
Trailing 13-9 late in the third, Fontenot scooped up the Shelton Sampson's fumble and ran it back for Arizona's first defensive TD of the season and a three-point Wildcat lead.
Fontenot, who finished the game with five tackles, a pass break up and the fumble return, was a key contributor to a Wildcat defense that caused four Washington turnovers, recorded a season-high five sacks, broke up a season-high 13 UW passes and held the Huskies scoreless over the final 30 minutes of the game, all of which helped Arizona snap a seven-game losing streak and win its first Pac-10 game of the year.
Washington State running back Jerome Harris and Arizona State quarterback Andrew Walter shared the conference’s offensive POW honor, while USC’s Reggie Bush garnered special team honors.
Fontenot’s selection as the POW is the second such recognition for a Wildcat defensive back this season. Fellow freshman cornerback Antoine Cason was named to the honor after Arizona’s season-opening win over NAU in which he collected 13 tackles, forced two fumbles and picked off a pass. Fontenot’s honor is the 37th time an Arizona defender has been recognized by the Pac-10 with the weekly award.