Three Vikings earn D2Football.com Player of the Week honorable mention
Sept. 29, 2003
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Three Western Washington University football players - defensive end Joey Joshua, wide receiver Andy Olson and quarterback Josh Shimek - earned D2Football.com national Player of the Week honorable mention for their performances in the Vikings' 42-35 overtime victory against NCAA Division I-AA Saint Mary's CA.
Joshua, a sophomore from Ferndale (Ferndale High graduate), was credited with 14 tackles, including one for an eight-yard loss on the final play of the game.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound Joshua, who was also named Great Northwest Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week, has 27 tackles, fourth on the team, in four games this season, along with three pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Olson, a sophomore from Chehalis (W.F. West High graduate), caught 11 passes for 199 yards and a touchdown, including a key 18-yard pass reception on a third and 19 play in overtime.
Olson, who also received the D2Football.com honor last week, has the three highest single-game receiving yardage totals (199, 187 and 154) in the GNAC this season and the 199-yard performance last Saturday was the second highest total in the three-year history of the league.
Shimek, a senior from Pasco (Pasco High graduate), completed 21-of-35 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns. He ran for two yards on a quarterback sneak on fourth and one in overtime, then tossed a nine-yard touchdown pass to give the Vikings the lead in the extra period.
Shimek has completed 49-of-87 passes for 662 yards and four touchdowns this season for the Vikings, who rank second nationally in passing offense, averaging 342.8 yards per game.
Western meets arch-rival Central Washington University (2-2) in the first Battle in Seattle on Saturday (6 p.m.) at Seahawks Stadium.
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